The Osun State High Court under the ruling of Justice Adepele Ojo on Wednesday, dismissed a ‘no case submission’ filed by the counsels to the owner of Hilton Hotel, Rahman Adedoyin and seven others facing trial in the murder case of a Masters student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Timothy Adegoke, ruling that the suspects have a case to answer.
The prosecution counsel, M.O. Omosun, prayed the court that a ‘no case submission’ by all the defendants be dismissed as Prima Facie had been established based on all evidence presented before the court.
Justice Ojo who considered all exhibits presented by all witnesses admitted in evidence by the court, noted that a “Prima Facie does not mean that the prosecution counsel must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The judge said the prosecution was able to establish a Prima Facie through all the witnesses, that Timothy Adegoke lodged at the Hilton Honour Hotel, Ile-Ife and that his body was interfered with and disrespectfully evacuated.
After dismissing the ‘no case submission’ filed by counsels to all the defendants, she ordered that they enter their defence.
In response, one of the defence counsels, Kehinde Eleja (SAN), told the court that they were not ready to immediately file their defence. He prayed the court that the defence counsels would require time to prepare their defence.
Justice Ojo then adjourned the hearing of the defence till the 25th of April, 2022.
Adedoyin is the owner of the Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife where Adegoke, a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State, was killed.
On November 5, Timothy, an Abuja-based student travelled to Ife to take an examination at the school’s distance learning center in Moro, Osun State. His body was found buried by the hotel management in a shallow grave without the knowledge of his family or the police.
Adedoyin alongside Adedeji Adesola, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwale Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle, and others at large, were charged with an attempted felony, conspiracy, unlawful interference with Adegoke’s corpse, tampering with the hotel’s receipt and CCTV camera with the intent to destroy evidence that would prove that the victim visited the hotel.