NANS vows to get justice for ‘slain’ OAU master’s student

Sunday Asefon, president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), says the body will get justice for Timothy Adegoke, the late student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).


Adegoke, a master’s degree student at OAU, was said to have travelled from Abuja to write an exam at the OAU distance learning centre in Moro, Osun on November 5.


The student, who had lodged at Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife on November 7, was, however, declared missing — only to be found dead.


There have been claims that he was murdered.


Speaking at an event at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday, Aseyon disclosed plans to meet Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), in Abuja over the matter.


The NANS president also described the incident as “an injury to all,” adding that the association will fight till justice is done in the case.

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“In the next two hours I will be with the Inspector General (IG), in Abuja on the issue of our brother that was murdered in Obafemi Awolowo University,” he said.


“And some people believe that they can do everything but we can tell them that an injury to one is an injury to all. If you don’t fight, you would not win but if you fight you will surely win.”


According to the police, Ramon Adedoyin, owner of the hotel where the deceased lodged, and six suspects said to be staff members of the facility have been arrested.

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Williams Abiodun, the lawyer to Adedoyin, had also claimed that staff of his client’s hotel hid the corpse of Adegoke for fear of being arrested.


Meanwhile, Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has waded into the case. A police source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to FIJ, said a team from Abuja arrived at the Osun Police Command on November 25 to work out modalities on how to transfer the investigation to Abuja.


“I can confirm to you that the Force Headquarters, under the instruction of the IGP, has ordered the transfer of the case to Abuja. Rahmon Adegoke, the owner of the hotel, has also been transported to the Force Headquarters where investigations would continue,” he said.


It was gathered that the case is now being handled by the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at the Force Headquarters.

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Also, on Friday, the Osun State Police Command stated that son of the owner of Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile-Ife, Raheem Adedoyin, had not been declared wanted for complicity in the murder of the late Timothy Adegoke because the autopsy result into the cause of the death of the student was not yet out.


The family in turn had rebuked the police for failing to arrest Raheem who was recently said to have dumped Timothy’s corpse in the bush.


In a statement by the family’s lawyer, Kayode Ajulo on Thursday, Timothy’s family had reiterated that all those scheming to distort justice for the dead would not be spared to face the wrath of the law.


“Considering the circumstances of the disingenuously orchestrated murder of Mr. Timothy Adegoke Oludare, the Law Enforcement Agency whose primary duty is to protect lives of citizens ought to exert the same energy invested in trailing and arresting suspected secessionists in arresting Mr. Raheem Adedoyin, who is allegedly at large.


“While one wonders whether the labelling of Raheem Adedoyin as a prime suspect is a game plan to unclamp Dr. Rahman Adedoyin, a panoptic appraisal of the whole saga will reveal nothing more than an attempt by some dark sections to allow glittering externalities to subvert the core of genuine probing and discreet investigations in the guise to pervert the cause of justice which we shall definitely refute.


“Now that the Police know so much, it is time to start asking more questions: Why has Raheem Adedoyin not been declared wanted and an intelligence team churned out to arrest him?


“Why would the hoteliers break into the late Timothy Adegoke’s room on the first night when he actually paid for two nights at the hotel?


“Why have the suspects not been charged before a Court of Competent record as prescribed by the Constitution?


“Without doubt, it must be clear to those who still have eyes to see and a conscience which is alive, that the credibility of the Nigerian Police Force at such a crucial time like this depends in large measure on their handling of this present case where some persons have declared themselves as the untouchables,” Ajulo had said.

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