After a long wait without pleasing result, the Nigeria Bar Association, Oyo State branch has signified interest to wade into the investigation surrounding the death of the Super Eagles’ late striker, Rashidi Yekini.
This was revealed to news men Ibadan yesterday by the Yekini’s lawyer, Barrister Mohammed Olanrewaju Jibril, who claimed he had been blocking his professional body (NBA) that had shown interest to take over that case right from the onset. He explained that NBA had inquired why nothing tangible had been done in exposing the circumstances that surrounded the untimely death of the football hero. Jibril said the reason he had been preventing his body from dabbling in the case was because of the family of his client who were likely to be prime suspects in the case, going by all the available facts generated so far.
The lawyer, however, explained that although the family had brought the death certificate of the deceased, but insisted that “the death certificate has not really clarified important things such as where was Rashidi Yekini between the Monday he was reportedly whisked away from his abode till the Friday he was taken to the hospital where they claimed he died? “From my personal investigations after receiving the death certificate, the doctor who signed it insisted that he had not done anything serious as regards the medical check-up on Yekini before he died when he was brought into his clinics.
“I have been keeping quiet and hesitating on pressing charges on members of the family because I don’t want to be seen as inflicting more pains on them after losing their son. But I won’t be able to stop any pressure group that may want to follow the matter to a logical conclusion. “I have told them before now and I am using this medium again to appeal to Yekini’s family to come out openly and apologise to the whole Nigeria and the world at large on their attitude and on the mistake they made as regards the treatment meted to my client.
“It is my belief that the family was misled by some misguided reports they might have read in the newspapers concerning the sanity of my client. Rashidi was their son, but he was my client too. He was a hero recognised worldwide, so he should not be treated like just a commoner”, Jibril explained.