The chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort, who double as the founder of Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife, Dr Ramon Adedoyin has been arrested by the Osun State Police following the death of a master’s student identified as Timothy Adegoke of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife.
Adegoke who was declared missing on November 7, was later found dead.
The Osun State Police Command Spokesman, Yemisi Opalola disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday that , the Prince of Ife has been arrested and detained for interrogation.
CityMirrorNews reports that six persons had earlier been arrested by the police following the death of Adegoke.The statement reads; “Subsequent upon the earlier press release issued in respect of the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Timothy Adegoke; a masters degree student of OAU who came from Abuja to sit for his examination at the OAU distance learning centre, Moro, Osun State, the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, psc wishes to update the general public that, in addition to the six (6) suspects earlier arrested, the chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, Dr Ramon Adegoke Atobatele Adedoyin was also arrested on 15th November, 2021.
“He is currently in police detention, undergoing interrogation in connection with the case, while awaiting the autopsy report from the hospital.“
While thanking members of the public, especially the bereaved family, students and management of OAU for their patience to allow the police continue on a thorough investigation on the matter, the CP reiterates the commitment of the state police command to ensure justice is done; no matter the personality of the person(s) involved in the case or how highly or lowly placed in the society; if found culpable.
“Meanwhile, further update on the case will be made public as event unfolds” the statement read.
CityMirrorNews gathered that Adegoke, an Abuja-based student, who travelled to Ife on November 5 to take an examination at the school’s distance learning centre in Moro, Osun State, was declared missing when friends and family members could not reach him. He was not also found at the exam venue.
Adegoke had lodged at Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, a number of times between October 22 and November 5, 2021.
The hotel is owned by Chief Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State.
A source disclosed that Adegoke was a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at the Obafemi Awolowo University was in Ife from October 22nd to October 24th; October 29th to October 31st; and had also planned to stay from November 5th to November 7th, 2021.
He was said to have frequented the town to take MBA examinations scheduled at intervals.
Meanwhile, the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has described as unfortunate the death of the student.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, expressed sadness over the incident.
The VC was also quoted as appreciating the prompt action and painstaking investigation of the Osun State Command of the Nigerian Police, which eventually led to the discovery of Adegoke’s corpse.
Ogunbodede while sympathising with the family recognised the tenacity and doggedness of the late Adegoke’s wife which assisted, in no small measures, in unravelling the circumstances of her husband’s movement in Ile-Ife.
He charged the widow, children, family, friends, colleagues, and associates to take solace in the fact Adegoke left positive footprints and impacted numerous lives, and that “death is a necessary end that will come when it will come.
The Vice-Chancellor pledged the commitment of the University administration to work with the law enforcement agents to unravel thecircumstances leading to the death of Adegoke.”