Fresh facts in mystery death of OAU MBA student at Ile-Ife hotel

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• Blood stains found on victim’s body • He died naturally, says hotel owner’s lawyer • Victim’s family’s lawyer: Police must conduct professional investigation • Adedoyin: My hands are clean

As emotions  keep rising over the death of Timothy Oluwadare Adegoke  at Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, penultimate  weekend,The Nation has seen a picture of the deceased covered with what looks  like bruises and blood stains.

The picture, which is too gory to be published, was taken where the body  was allegedly dumped.

The blood stains are mainly on his right elbow, upper part of his left thigh  and vest.

His two legs were spread apart. There was a deep grey sack around his head.

He wore a round neck white singlet and a navy blue pair of boxers.

However, the police insist that the body is intact while some of the suspects have reportedly told the police that the victim died in his sleep naturally.

The hotel has since been shut down but sources close to the management claimed yesterday that “the initial denial of the hotel management as to whether Adegoke lodged with them was because there was no record of any payment by him in the Hotel’s account, but it was later that it was detected that he made payment into the personal account of the receptionist which normally is wrong.”

Thirty-seven year-old Adegoke was  a Master’s degree student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

He had travelled from his base in Abuja to Ile-Ife on Friday ,November 5 to write his last examination, without the least suspicion that death was lurking in the corner.

The late Director of Finance  at Xiamien Stone Limited, Abuja, according to investigation, flew from Abuja to Akure in Ondo State. His plane landed in the Ondo State capital at 3pm.

He then proceeded to Ile-Ife by road, hitting town at about 4.45pm.

He chose to lodge at Hilton Hotel and Resort  located on the  Ife-Ibadan expressway opposite Ife Central Local Government Area secretariat ,booking for  a deluxe suite at N18500 per night for two nights.

For payment, he was said to have transferred N37000 to the personal account of the hotel’s receptionist, identified as Adesola.

Adegoke ,a family source said, notified  his wife  that he checked into  his hotel room but did not disclose the name. He  also made another bank transfer to her.

“He told his wife that he wanted  to take a nap before reading for his exam,” the source said,adding: “the wife decided not to disturb him because she believed he was  either sleeping or reading, so she suspended calling him  till Saturday morning.”

Continuing, the source said:” The wife called the following morning to check on Adegoke but his phone rang out of time.

“She thought her husband already  had left for the examination hall so she suspended the calls till afternoon when she tried the number again. However, she began to feel  that it was unusual of him  not to call her before going for examination.

“She  was very worried and she called me and one other cousin of her husband living in Ondo State on Saturday afternoon to inform us that she was unable to speak with her husband.

“This  prompted me to contact a close friend’s wife who was in Ile-Ife to help me go to the examination hall on Sunday. She was in the examination centre at OAU Center for Distance Learning, Moro,  with the first cousin of Adegoke to check if he was at the exam hall around 10 am.”

“The coordinator of the exam hall checked the attendance sheet and they discovered that he was not present at the exam hall on Saturday and Sunday. He advised that we should check all the hotels in Moro which we did.We could not find him.

“The Dean of Adegoke’s faculty informed the chairman of the hoteliers association in Ife if any of their members knew the whereabouts of our brother but the chairman of the association gave us a feedback none of their members had the record of Adegoke.

“This prompted us to report the matter at Edunabon police station on Sunday, 7th November 2021 of the mysterious disappearance of our brother. We went together with the authority of OAU to report the matter and the police told us that they would  transfer the case to Police Headquarters, Osogbo on Monday.

“The wife called the personal assistant of her husband if he had any information on how they could  locate his husband but  the PA said he called the number of his boss and a strange person picked it on Sunday night informing him that he found the phone in Ejigbo.

“I called the number immediately, the person picked and told  me ‘hello’ only to  terminate the call  abruptly  and switched  off.

“We went to the Police Command on Monday to write a statement. They asked us for the name of the hotel that he had lodged  previously  but we told the police that we did not know. We also inquired from his wife, and she said she didn’t know.

“Adegoke’s phone was tracked by the police and it was revealed that it was in Ejigbo, Osun State. They also asked if we had his email address and his password for tracking. We provided the email address but we didn’t know the  password.

“On Tuesday, 9th November 2021, the wife searched the house and found the  receipt of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife of a previous lodging  in one of the pockets of her husband. She snapped and sent it to the police. This made the police and the elder brother of Adegoke visit the hotel but the staff denied that he lodged in the hotel that weekend.

“The elder brother was emotional at a point, he called me on phone saying, ‘I am standing in front of the hotel owner now and they are denying that my brother  lodged here’. They left the place and did not make any arrest since we didn’t have concrete evidence that he slept in that hotel.”

The family source said a clue appeared on  Thursday, November 11 after the police demanded that “we should get Adegoke’s  bank statement.”

“We made it availabele to them. The statement of the bank indicated that he made a transaction at 5 PM on the Friday he arrived  the hotel. He sent money to two persons: his wife and one Adedeji Adesola Tobilola. He sent N37,000 to that Adesola. They tracked the phone number of that account holder (Adesola) to Hilton Hotel.

“We went to the hotel and the hotel paraded all the staff before the police. They asked who bears Adedeji Adesola Tobiloba and a female receptionist signified by raising her finger.

“She said  Adegoke came to the hotel on Friday to lodge but he only transferred N37,000 to her account and left hurriedly without returning to the hotel. She said she never reported the matter to the hotel management but rather she shared the money with the manager of the company.He (manager) denied the allegation..

“When she got to the station, she confessed that he (Adegoke) lodged in room 305. Police did not tell us anything before they arrested five people including an alfa who claimed he travelled to Ejigbo.

“On Monday, 15th, 2021, one of the hotel staff led the police and  four family members to where Adegoke was buried in Ile-Ife. When  the police exhumed the body, we discovered that they packed his corpse inside a carton wrapped with a duvet with the name of the hotel. The neck of Adegoke was slit.

“The police proceeded to  arrest   the chairman of the hotel, Dr. Rahmon Adedoyin without disclosing the reason for doing so to us.”

Adedoyin and other suspects are still being interrogated by the police.

Our own story,Adedoyin’s lawyer

Contacted yesterday,Adedoyin’s lawyer of 15 years ,Barrister Williams Abiodun,said there is nothing in the account record of the hotel showing that Adegoke paid  to lodge there.

He said the police first arrested one Adesola,the hotel’s receptionist ,and following her statement, the police “notified me that they needed  to question other staff and I took five of them to the police but they were detained.

“When they interrogated Adesola, she disclosed that the man (Adegoke) transferred the money into her personal account and (the money) was stolen without recoding it in the hotel’s account. “She shared the money with another staff. That was why the hotel initially denied that Adegoke lodged in the hotel.

“Last week Saturday, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) told me that all the arrested staff had confessed that Adegoke actually slept in the hotel but died in his sleep naturally.

“The staff  had shared the money that was paid by the guest and did not input it in the record. “They knew there was a problem, they took the body in the dead of the night and dumped it somewhere and returned to the hotel as if nothing happened.

“Chief  (Adedoyin) questioned them repeatedly but they all denied it until police forced them to talk.

“They did not bury the body, they took the police to where the body was dumped. Where they dumped the body was on farmland on the  Ife/Osogbo road. The farmers hinted the police.

“Only two staff were involved in dumping the corpse of Adegoke: the receptionist and one Kosim who is the plumber of the hotel. Kosim is this Tabligh Muslim, not a spiritualist.”

He said the body of the victim was recovered in the presence of the Osun Police Commissioner, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) and some other people.

He added: “Adegoke’s body was intact when it was recovered. He died a natural death because he was resting his head on his palm. He spread his legs tiredly. There was no single mark of violence on his body. The only offence these people committed  was wrongful interference and dumping of the dead body.”

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