OAU Student’s Murder: You’ve Case To Answer, Court Tells Adedoyin, Others

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An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has declared that prima facie case has been established against Dr. Rahmon Adedoyin, owner of Hilton Hotel, and six of his workers, arraigned in connection with the death of late Timothy Adegoke, a Master’s student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

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The trial judge, Adepele Ojo, made this declaration while ruling on the no-case submission filed by the defendants in the murder trial.

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Adedoyin and six others – Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwale Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola were arraigned on an eleven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, tampering with corpse, altering of receipt and administration of extrajudicial oath, among others.

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Mathew Omosun who led the prosecution had urged the court to dismiss the no case submission on the ground that a prima facie case had been established against the defendants on all evidence before the court.

Ruling on the no-case submission, the Osun Chief Judge, said going by the exhibits presented by all witnesses, the defendants have a case to answer over the death of Adegoke. He then called them to enter their defence.

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“Given the circumstances of this case, I am of the respectful view that a prima facie case has been established. It should be noted that this ruling is not a judgment on whether the defendants are guilty or not.    

“The no case submission has been discharged and I hereby call on defendants to enter their defence in the charges against them,” the judge ruled.

Kehinde Eleja, SAN, one of the defence counsels, told the court that they were not ready to immediately file their defence. He prayed the court for more time to do so.

Consequently, Justice Ojo adjourned till April 25 for the defence to open its case.

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