Nigerian Police have filed new charges against the owner of Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife, Osun State, Rahmon Adedoyin and eight others for the death of Timothy Adegoke, a postgraduate student from Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ile-Ife.
Court documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES show that the case, earlier removed from FCT High Court in Abuja last monthwas re-filed in the Osun State High Court in Osogbo, the state capital.
Mr Adegoke is believed to have been killed after staying at the Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife, in November last year.
Police investigations implicated some hotel staff in the alleged murder and accused Mr Adedoyin of trying to destroy evidence.
The police first filed the criminal case regarding the alleged murder in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in January this year but later withdrew him in February.
The withdrawal came after the lawyer for the deceased’s family, Femi Falana, Nigeria’s lead attorney, wrote to the police to demand that charges be laid in the State where the alleged offenses were committed.
FCT High Court Judge Modupe Osho-Adebiyi in Gudu, Abuja, expunged old charges shortly after the prosecutor, Ochogwu Ogbeh, requested his withdrawal on February 8, 2022.
Court documents seen by our reporter on Wednesday night show the case was refiled in the Osun State High Court in Osogbo on February 17.
The newly filed case is a replica of the old one which was withdrawn from the Abuja court.
PREMIUM TIMES understands that the defendants are to be brought to justice today (Thursday).
Among the defendants alongside Mr. Adedoyin, 64, the owner of the hotel, are Adedeji Adesola, 23; Madeleine Chiefuna, 24 years old; Adeniyi Aderogba, 37; Oluwale Lawrence, 37; Oyetunde Kazeem, 38 years old; Adebayo Kunlé, 35 years old.
The other defendants – Raheem Adedoyin (Mr Adedoyin’s son), Esther Asigo and Quadiri Moshood – are believed to be free.
The case has 11 counts of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, unlawful killing, attempted felony, accessory after the fact, improper and indecent interference with a dead body and swearing extrajudicial, among others.
Police said the offenses were violated and punishable under the applicable Osun State Penal Code.
Mr. Adedoyin’s name does not appear in the counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
His name appears in six of the counts.
The six counts are attempted crime in count 4, conspiracy to indecently or improperly interfere with the body of the deceased in count 6, conspiracy to alter and void issued receipt to the deceased in counts 8 and 9, as well as conspiracy and administration of judicial extra-oath to some of the hotel employees in counts 9 and 10.
Those named in the conspiracy to commit murder charge include Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwale Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle and others believed to be at large.
But only the names of Ms Chiefuna and Mr Kazeem and those believed to be at large appear in the other count of murder, an offense punishable under Section 306 of the Penal Code.
Mr. Adegoke, a postgraduate student from Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), was reportedly staying at the Hilton Hotel in Ile-Ife on November 5, 2021.
He reportedly traveled to the university town of Ile-Ife to take an exam at the OAU Distance Learning Center, Moro Campus, only to be reported missing on November 7, 2021, about two days after staying at the ‘hotel.
Police said Mr Adegoke was later found murdered and his body dumped in a bush.
In the case summary filed with the charges, police said management of the hotel owned by Mr Adedoyin, as well as his son and hotel general manager, Raheem Adedoyin, and certain other staff of the hotel “illegally disposed of the body of the deceased and that they also destroyed the CCTV camera on the floor of hotel room 305 with a view to concealing it”.
“That the receipt No. 9316 issued to the deceased upon check-in at the hotel room was found to have been tampered with,” police said.
They added that the investigation revealed that the body of the deceased “was found dead in room 305, and the president was informed, and he told them that his doctor, Raheem Adedoyin, would manage the situation. “.
The corpse, according to police, remained where it was dumped for about 10 days before being recovered by the Environmental Unit of the Osun State Department of Environment.
Police added that an autopsy later carried out on the corpse showed that the deceased “did not die of natural consequence”.
They also cited the report of consultant pathologists stating that “the cause of death was not due to violent means”.
Police described Raheem Adedoyin, the hotel’s general manager and Mr Adedoyin’s son, as “the prime suspect”. He reportedly removed the hotel’s CCTV camera in an effort to erase the evidence.
He and other suspects, according to police, remain at large, police said.
The investigation, according to the police, established the offenses of criminal association, murder among others, against the defendants, including the alleged accomplices on the run.
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