Nigeria police arraign Oduduwa varsity founder, others



Nigeria police arraign Oduduwa varsity founder, others

Nigeria Police charged the owner of Hilton Royal Hotel Ramon Adedoyin and six others to an Abuja High Court on Wednesday over the circumstances surrounding the death of Timothy Adegoke.

Adegoke, a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) reportedly died in the hotel on November 6, 2021.

Nigeria police arraign Oduduwa varsity founder, others

A statement by the police on Tuesday said Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University, is being charged with the offence of unlawful interference with a dead body.

The other six accused persons are charged with various offences ranging from murder, conspiracy, altering receipt, along with other stated offences.

They are Adedeji Adesola, 23, Magdalene Chiefuna, 24, Adeniyi Aderogba, 37, Oluwale Lawrence, 37, Oyetunde Kazeem, 38, Adebayo Kunle, 35 and others still at large.

The police accused Adedoyin of illegally disposing Adegoke’s body, altering and cancelling his payment receipt and the removal of the hotel’s CCTV cameras with intent to destroy evidence.

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One of Adedoyin’s lawyers Abiodun Williams said the charges cleared Adedoyin of the allegations of murder and ritual killing peddled against him.

“We will 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,” he said.

After he was declared missing on November 7, 2021, the spokesperson for Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opatooa, issued the following statement:

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, wishes to assure the general public, especially the family of the deceased, students and management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, that the police command is working assiduously to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Timothy Adegoke, a master’s degree student of OAU who came from Abuja to sit for his examination at the OAU distance learning centre, Moro, Osun State,” the statement reads.

“It would be recalled that, a case of missing person was reported on 7th November, 2021 at about 1630hrs, at Edun Abon police station and later transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet investigation on 9th November, 2021. Immediately the case was received, detectives from SCID of the command swung into action and have arrested six (6) suspects in connection with the case while investigation is ongoing.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police is using this medium to appeal to the family, the sympathizers, students and management of the university to remain calm and be rest assured that, the police will do all within its constitutional responsibility to unravel the mystery behind his death.”

The police however did not state how he died or where his body was found.

Adegoke, was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s distance learning centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.