Two families battle in court at the murder case hearing of Timothy Adegoke in Osun State


The Nigeria Police Force’s headquarters, Abuja, has directed the immediate transfer of investigation into the death of Timothy Adegoke, a master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, which allegedly occurred at Hilton Hotels and Resort, Ile-Ife.

Already, the owner of the hotel, Chief Ramon Adedoyin and six workers in the facility had been arrested in connection with the death.

Adekilekun however demanded that the matter must be returned to Osun State Police command for its investigators to complete the probe into the death. He said, “I have been informed. But we don’t want the case transferred. It has to be transferred back.”

Meanwhile, counsel to Adedoyin, Mr Abiodun Williams, in his reaction to the development, said his client was innocent.

He said, “We are not bothered. Let the case be taken to anywhere. Chief Adedoyin is 101 per cent innocent. The officers in Abuja cannot do anything better than what Osun State Command had diligently done.”

The Osun State High Court presided over by Chief Justice Oyebola Ojo yesterday continued hearing on the murder case of a master’s degree student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke.

A consultant pathologist, Prof Segun Ojo, led in evidence by Kunle Adegoke, SAN, counsel to the 2nd, 4th and 5th defendant, said it was impossible to ascertain what killed the student

But a receptionist at Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife Magdalene Chiefuna, who was led in evidence by Kunle Adegoke, SAN, said she took an oath of confidentiality with the Managing Director of the hotel, Raheem Adedoyin, to cover the death so that it will not affect the business of the hotel.

She narrated how she took over from Adesola Adedeji, the 7th defendant, and discovered that the occupant of Room 305 was not seen until the following day, November 7, when she got the extra key from the housekeeper and opened the door.

The families of deceased Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Master student, Timothy Adegoke and the owner of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin clashed after the resumption of the court trial on Thursday.

Adedoyin and six staff were arraigned on 11 counts of conspiracy, murder, felony, indecent interference of the corpse, alteration and cancellation of receipt and oath-taking to prevent justice.

The other suspects are Dr Rahmon Adedoyin, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola.

But a family member of Adedoyin challenged him, warning that since proper prosecution has commenced the family of the deceased must stop all forms of cyberbullies.

A police officer seized the phone from the family member, leading the two families to haul insults on themselves.

Elder brother of the deceased, Gbade, kicked against the action of the police, as some of the family members accused them of been bias.

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