Our reporter/ An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo on Wednesday sentenced Adedeji Adesola to two years imprisonment for altering the receipt issued to Timothy Adegoke before his death at the Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The judgment is a continuation of the high-profile judgment of Tuesday in which Rahman Adedoyin, the Chairman of the hotel, and two others were sentenced to death by hanging.
Adegoke, who died under mysterious circumstances in November 2021 was a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
He left Abuja on November 5 2021 to sit for his examination at the university and lodged at Hilton Hotels belonging to Adedoyin where he allegedly lost his life and was declared missing on November 7, 2021, after his classmates discovered that he did not show up in class.
Also, the police investigation revealed that he had told his family of his plans to check into Hilton hotels in Ife, where he usually stays whenever he arrives the town.
In delivering the judgment, the Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo, adjourned the sentencing of Adedeji till Wednesday.
Adedeji was alleged to have fabricated another receipt as directed by her employer (Rahman Adedoyin) to conceal any traces of the deceased’s death from the police.
Justice Adepele Ojo, who handed over the two-year jail term to the convict, being the seventh defendant in her trial, said the two-year jail term begins from the first day she was detained since the commencement of the trial.
Adesola was arraigned with six others on 11 counts bothering on conspiracy, murder, felony, among others, and they all pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
The case file number: HOS / 5C/ 2022, dated February 14, 2022, and filed on Feb. 17, 2022, was substituted with: HOS/5C/ 2022, dated February 22 , 2022, and filed on March 2, 2022.
At the beginning of the investigation by the police, the hotel had denied that the deceased was lodged at their facility before some evidence of payment transactions was discovered.
The police investigation officers also revealed that one of the white Hilux vans allegedly used in carrying the deceased’s body by the son of the hotel owner, Raheem Adedoyin, was later recovered in an undisclosed place in Abuja.
Adedoyin’s son was the Managing Director of the hotel and reportedly supervised the dumping of Adegoke’s body in a shallow grave along Ife highway before it was recovered by the police.
Some suspects now at large and declared wanted by the police for the alleged murder of Timothy Adegoke are Raheem Adedoyin (Son), Esther Asigoh and Quadiri Moshood.