The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has alleged that the owner of Hiltons Hotels and Resorts, Dr. Rahman Adedoyin, who is a prime suspect in the murder of a Masters student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke, is enjoying preferential treatment in the custody of the Osun State Police Command.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Timothy Adegoke Murder: NANS Calls for Transparency and Justice, Irrespective of How Highly Placed are the Perpetrators,’ and signed by NANS President, Sunday Asefon on Tuesday.
The students’ association said a recent audio recording released by Adedoyin while in police custody showed that he is being accorded luxury.
In the statement, the association NANS gave “a note of warning to everyone involved in the investigation that NANS will stop at nothing to expose and fight anyone irrespective of how highly placed contemplating to pervert the cause of investigation or justice.”
The statement read in part, “We equally frown upon the audio making the round where a principal suspect in the murder, the Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Hotel Dr. Rahman Adedoyin appears to be making a statement denying his involvement in the murder.
“We berate the luxury accorded Dr. Rahman Adedoyin to have access to his phone, make a video recording and share it while in the custody of the Nigerian Police Force. We believe this luxury is exclusive and couldn’t have accorded of murder suspect of a lower social class.
“Given the enormity of material evidence against the suspect, staff, and management of Hilton Hotel, we advise that law enforcement agents must fight any temptation to accord the suspect preferential treatment or third-party influence which may pervert the cause of justice.
“Also, we demand an immediate multi-agency manhunt for Rahim Adegoke, the MD of the Hotel who is equally the son of the proprietor of the hotel fingered in the gruesome murder of Timothy Adegoke. We believe government must invest the same energy invested in arresting secessionist agitators in arresting this fleeing murder suspect.
“In the same vein, we call on security agencies to conduct forensic analysis and search around the hotel vicinity to ascertain whether or not more people have fallen victim to this heinous crime whose body might as well be dumped in a shallow grave near the hotel.
“Our prayers, condolences, and solidarity go to the family as they navigate this hard time. We pray God will grant them justice which will serve as the foundation for their healing.”
Asefon noted that he has constituted a three-man NANS Committee to follow up with the investigation into the death of Adegoke.
The Osun State Police Command on the other hand has said it is probing the release of the audio recording made by the prime suspect Adedoyin.
In the audio recording, Adedoyin denied complicity in the death of Adegoke, who died in controversial circumstances in his hotel and was buried in a shallow grave without the knowledge of his family or the police.
Adegoke Timothy Oludare, a student of the institution’s Executive Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme who had left Abuja for an examination was reported missing on 7th November, 2021.
He was subsequently found dead.
The police public relations officer, Osun State Command, Opalola Olawoyin, who confirmed this to journalists said that six suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.