OAU Student: Lies, cover-ups as Hilton Hotel attempted to distort evidence

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The Investigative Police Officer that undertook the first probe into the death of the late Timothy Adegoke, a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has revealed how staffers of Hilton Hotels, Ile Ife, manipulated tell-tale signs of the MBA student’s death in their facility.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, M. Omosun during the trial continuation Tuesday, Inspector Afeez Olaniyan said Adeniyi Aderogba and Oyetunde Kazeem, two of the hotel staffers confessed the remains of Adegoke was wrapped in a duvet, loaded in  a Hilux, and the Roheem Adedoyin, the son of the hotel owner, drove it to a dung site, and dumped the corpse.

Olaniyan also said he established alteration in the lodging documents, when he interrogated Adesola Adedeji, the receptionist on duty when Adegoke checked in the hotel.

“We were able to establish that late Timothy actually lodged at Hilton Hotel on November 5, 2021. The lifeless body of late Adegoke was discovered on Sunday 7th November, and the corpse was dumped on the refuse site.

“From the statement made by Adeniyi Aderogba and Oyetunde Kazeem, they told me that the corpse was wrapped with a carton and duvet which they put in a sealed bag and carried him at the back of Hilux vehicle driven by Roheem Adedoyin to the point where it was dumped.

“There was doctoring of the hotel documents which the original one was later discovered from Adesola’s phone. Circumstances that surrounded the death was highly suspicious and that was why the corpse was deposited for expert opinion to ascertain the cause of the death.

“I visited room 305 where the deceased was lodged. It was observed that the mattress inside the room was new compared to the ones in the other rooms. I asked why the new mattress. The response was that the hotel was initially known to be Hotel Di Ganga and the taken over necessitated the changes of some of the mattresses.

“Also, I noticed something like blood pattern on the door. We decided to lock the room and went away with the key. On our next visit to the room, we went with an expert, the Crime Scene Manager, DSP Kilani.

The crime scene manager confirmed that some of the patterns were mere paint and he took the one suspected to be blood for further examination.

Olaniyan also said during his visit to the hotel, he observed that the DVR powering the facility’s CCTV cameras was disabled. They told that it was disabled due to the renovation work being done in the hotel.

Justice Adepele Ojo later adjourned the case to March 16, when the pathologist would give evidence before the court.

No fewer than six of the suspects, including the hotel owner Ramon Adedoyin have been remanded in prison custody as the trial continues.