The Police at Force headquarters have disclosed that the murder case it instituted against the owner of Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife, Ramon Adedoyin over the murder of OAU MBA Student, Timothy Adegoke, was done in order to allow Adedoyin’s re-arraignment in Osun State where the incident occurred.
Recall that Adegoke, an Obafemi Awolowo University postgraduate student, was murdered in his hotel room in Osun.
Adegoke had lodged at Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Ile-Ife, Osun State upon his arrival from Abuja on November 5, 2021, to enable him to arrive early for his examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro, in the state, on November 6 and 7, 2021.
He later went missing and was found dead, buried in a shallow grave following an investigation by the Police, with the hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, and its workers arrested as suspects.
The Intelligence Response Team, which is under the Force Criminal Investigations Department subsequently took over the investigation and on completion, arraigned the suspects at the jurisdiction of the FCT.
However, following an application by lawyers of the family of the murdered Adegoke that the case is transferred to Osun State where the crime was committed, the Force headquarters agreed and withdrew from the case.
A senior officer at Force headquarters who spoke on condition of anonymity said, both the FCT High Court and the Osun State Court where the suspects are to be re-arraigned are of equal jurisdiction and that the investigation and findings/report of IRT would still suffice.
The officer noted that there was no cause for apprehension.
“The application for re-arraignment of the suspects in Osun State is the reason the case was withdrawn from FCT. It is in order”
This comes after Justice Module Adebiyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday struck out the case against Adedoyin and others following an application for a notice of discontinuance of the case pursuant to Section 108 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 by Police Lawyer, Ochogwu Ogbeh.
The Police in the earlier case of summary and proof of evidence it filed, said, Adedoyin is being charged with illegally disposing of Adegoke’s body, altering and cancelling his payment receipt and removing the hotel’s CCTV cameras with intent to destroy evidence.
In its ‘Notice of Discontinuation of Charge No.CR/015/2022 brought pursuant to Section 108 of Administration of Criminal Act 2015’, on Monday, February 7, 2022, the police told the court to discontinue the matter.
It said through its lawyer, Ochogwu Ogbeh of the Legal and Prosecution Section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja, “Take notice that the complainant discontinues all of the proceedings in this case against the above-named defendants for further investigation”.
Others charged with the hotel owner are Adedeji Adesola, 23; Magdalene Chiefuna, 24; Adeniyi Aderogba, 37; Oluwale Lawrence, 37; Oyetunde Kazeem, 38; Adebayo Kunle, 35, and others still at large.
Meanwhile, a student of the OAU, Ajibola Heritage, was reported dead after falling into a ‘soakaway’ at BVer hostel.
It was gathered that the deceased, a part two student of Linguistics and African Languages, was trying to spread her clothes when she mistakenly stepped on planks used to cover part of the septic tank and the plank caved in, and she then fell into the tank.
Findings revealed that part of the soakaway had already collapsed and was covered with a plank to cover the exposed part.
An eyewitness account confided in the medium that it took men of Osun Fire service and that of the school about one hour to break into the soakaway to pull her out.
“The school firemen and that of the state government were at the venue to rescue her, but it took about one hour before they could break into the soakaway and pull her out”, the source said.
Reacting to the development, OAU’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju the incident took place at one of the private hostels in the Students Village.
Abiodun, in a statement, said the University Management is saddened by the unfortunate incident.
“When the news got to us, we immediately mobilised the firemen from the University, Osun State and the OAU teaching hospital who through concerted efforts got the student out. She was immediately taken to the OAU Teaching Hospitals Complex where she was certified dead.
“The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who led his management team to the scene, sympathised with the students and commiserated with the parents of the deceased.
“Professor Ogunbodede, who described the incident as tragic and unacceptable, promised to critically look into the circumstances that led to the student’s death and met out appropriate sanctions against those involved or whoever is found culpable.
“The Vice-Chancellor, therefore, appealed to the students to remain calm and law-abiding as the police, who have been briefed, are also investigating”, the statement read.