The owner of Hilton Hotel and Resorts I. Ile-Ife, Osun State, Raymond Adedoyin, has been remanded on Thursday over the alleged murder of Adegoke Timothy, a post-graduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Timothy Adegoke, pending the determination of his bail application.
Adedoyin was arraigned alongside six members of staff of his hotel, including Adedeji Adesola, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwale Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem and Adebayo Kunle.
Adedoyin and his workers were docked on 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, altering of evidence, felony, indecent interference with the deceased’s body among others.
Adedoyin’s counsel, Mr K. Eleja, SAN, while moving bail application for his client, said that he relied on his written address and the medical report issued by the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, as well as Asokoro District hospital, to seek the court’s permission to admit the defendant to bail.
Counsel to other defendants, Mr Kunle Adegoke, SAN, while also moving application for the bail of his clients, said that the affidavits and exhibits before the court speak for itself and adopted the written address.
He averred that the court has discretionary power to admit the defendants to bail and urged it to exercise it in favour of his clients, considering that their sureties have deposed to an affidavit to ensure that they do not jump bail.
However, Adegoke urged the court to grant a short adjournment to allow him to file a bail application for the seventh defendant, Adesola Adedeji, who was newly included as a defendant in the matter, after the charge was amended 24 hours ago.
The prosecution counsel, M. Omosun, however, did not object to the application for adjournment.