The family of Timothy Adegoke, the deceased master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has kicked against the plan to transfer the case to Abuja.
The counsel for the family, Mr Naim Adekilekun, in a letter to the Osun Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode, expressed confidence in the ability of the state police command to unravel the mystery behind his death.
Adegoke had gone to sit an examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro Campus, when he was declared missing on November 7.
His remains were later removed from a forest along the Ede-Ife Road by the police.
Adekilekun, in the letter, lamented that the family of the deceased was left in the dark in the course of investigation into the matter.
While commending the police for the progress made, the counsel demanded that the family and their legal representative be carried along and properly briefed to erase all doubts.
The letter partly read, “Our clients have informed us and we understand that since the commencement of investigation into the dastardly act, which has been linked to the owners and management of the Hilton Top Hotel, Ile-Ife, the exhumation of the decomposing body of the victim, the arrest and detention of Ramon Olagoke-Adedoyin and other suspects, the family has been left in the dark and has not been carried along in the progress made so far.
“The fear being exhibited by our client was lent more credence when your Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, granted an interview on Fresh FM radio, Osogbo, and said, ‘Dr Adedoyin is still very much in police custody here In Osun. If, in the course of our investigation, we are required to transfer him to the force headquarters in Abuja, we will do so. For now, however, he is still very much in our custody.’
“We would like to stress that the family’s concern is not out of place, going by the report about Adedoyin, who is being touted to be an influential personality. One then begins to wonder what Abuja has to do with this investigation. We believe in your command and we know we can get the best from your end rather than Abuja.”
Meanwhile, Mr Abiodun Williams, counsel for the owner of Hilton Hotels, Ramon Adedoyin, on Sunday, said the absence of the deceased’s family last Friday made the autopsy already slated for that day to be suspended.
Williams, in a chat with Headlinenews Metro, said the state Commissioner of Police, Olokode, had insisted that the autopsy must be done on Monday.
He said the autopsy would be done at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.