Timothy Adegoke’s murder: Adedoyin, others know fate next month

From John Dike, Osogbo 

An Osogbo high court has fixed judgment in the murder case of a Masters student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke, for next month.

The celebrated murder case involving the owner of Hilton Hotels Ile-Ife, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin and six of his staff had commenced at the court last year. 

The presiding Judge who is the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Ojo, pronounced on Thursday that she will deliver judgment on the matter in May. 

The pronouncement of Justice Ojo followed the argument of the adoption of final written addresses by the prosecuting counsel and defence counsel in the matter.

Recall that Adedoyin and his staff; Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola, were standing trial on an 18-count-charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, felony, indecent interference of the corpse, alteration and cancellation of receipt and oath-taking to prevent justice levelled against them by the prosecution counsel.

The police was prosecuting the matter, before it was transferred to the Ministry of Justice, Osun State, after which it was taken over by an independent prosecutor, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, in 2022.

At the sitting of the court on Thursday, counsel to Adedoyin, Mr Yusuf Alli, SAN, held that Falana did not obtain the fiat to prosecute the matter lawfully, hence he urged the court to prevent him from participating in the case.

Meanwhile, Falana opposed the prayer made by Alli, explaining that he was properly introduced by the counsel from the Osun State Ministry of Justice to prosecute the case of Adedoyin and his six staff.

He implored the court to discountenance the prayer of the defence lawyer(s) warning that if their request is granted, it may slow down the process.

Speaking on the final written addresses, Yusuf Alli held that the evidence by the prosecution witnesses was based on speculations and he urged the court to discharge Adedoyin and the six staff.

He stressed that there is no direct evidence against any of the defendants linking them to the death of the late Adegoke.

He said going by the account of the pathologist, late Adegoke died either late on the 5th or early on the 6th. The entire case was based on suspicion.

He told the court to discharge the defendants on conspiracy to murder and murder. The only connection Adedoyin had with the matter is simply because he is the owner of the hotel where the death occurred. He said no vicarious liability in law.

However, Falana insisted that Adegoke was killed and dumped in the bush and efforts were made to obliterate the act by those involved, who took the oath of secrecy.

Based on the evidence led, he urged the court to ensure justice. He said even if heaven will fall if any of the defendants are found guilty, punishment should be melted.

Justice Ojo held that judgment on arguments on fiat will be delivered alongside the final judgement on the case.

She told the counsels that final judgment on the case will come up in a month’s time from today.

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