Newsone reports that the Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo has declared that Dr. Rahman Adedoyin, owner of Hilton Hotel Ile-Ife, where Timothy Adegoke, an Obafemi Awolowo University postgraduate student was allegedly killed, should die by hanging.
This online news platform understands that while delivering judgment on the matter on Tuesday, the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, also sentenced to death two staff of Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, Adeniyi Aderogba, and Kazeem Oyetunde.
Adedoyin, who is the Chairman of Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, was charged along with the staff of the hotel, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola. The defendants were charged on an 18-count charge of murder, conspiracy, oath of secrecy among others.
Three staff of Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, Magdalene Chiefuna, Lawrence Oluwole and Adedeji Adesola were discharged and acquitted by the court while the sentencing for the seventh defendant is to be passed on Wednesday.
The reason the court revealed is due to pleas by both the prosecution and defence counsels.
Newsone Nigeria recalls how Adegoke had lodged in Hilton Hotels and Resorts at Ile-Ife 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, Osun State, on November 6 and November 7, 2021.
Timothy Adegoke later went missing and was found dead buried in a grave following a police investigation of the hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, and its workers. After Adegoke was declared missing, the police were invited and seven suspects were arrested after which an investigation commenced.