OAU Student’s Death: Hotel Owner Adedoyin Finally Charged To Court

The Nigeria Police Force has charged the owner of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin, and six others before an Abuja High Court over the murder of Timothy Adegoke, a Master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University, who died at the hotel on November 6, 2021.

Adedoyin, according to a statement on Tuesday, is being charged with the offence of unlawful interference with a dead body, while the other six accused persons are charged with various offences, including murder, conspiracy, altering receipt among others.

According to the case summary and proof of evidence filed by the police, Adedoyin is being charged with illegally disposing Adegoke’s body, altering and cancelling his payment receipt and removal of the hotel’s CCTV cameras with intent to destroy evidence.

Others charged with the business man are Adedeji Adesola, 23; Magdalene Chiefuna, 24; Adeniyi Aderogba, 37; Oluwale Lawrence, 37; Oyetunde Kazeem, 38; Adebayo Kunle, 35, and others still at large.

One of Adedoyin’s lawyers, Mr Abiodun Williams, said the legal team expected the development as it was an indication that the police had concluded their investigations, which also signified the beginning of the legal battle to prove and establish the innocence of the accused persons.

“At least, the charges have now cleared Adedoyin of the grievous allegations of murder and ritual killing peddled against him; thus setting the stage for him and all the suspects to prove their innocence before the court.

“We would like to restate, most emphatically, that Adedoyin ought not to have been dragged into this case in the first place. We will, therefore, leave the rest to the court to decide according to the proof of evidence placed before it.

“Hopefully, the media, especially the online blogs and those sponsoring lies and rumours, will stop their unfounded allegations and allow the court to dispense justice to all those involved according to the facts and evidence adduced,” Williams said.

Adedoyin and some workers of the Hilton Hotel and Resort were arrested between November 12 and 15, 2021, following the controversial death of Adegoke at the hotel.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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