Hilton Hotel Owner Adedoyin Trial Commences Monday Next Week

The trial of Hilton Hotel owner, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, and six others arraigned in connection with the death of Timothy Adegoke, a Master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, will commence on Monday, March 7, 2022.

The Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, who presided over the trial gave the date after entertaining submission of counsels over bail application.

The judge also reserved ruling on the bail applications till Monday.

Adedoyin, Adedeji Adesola, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwale Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem and Adebayo Kunle had appeared before the court on 11 counts bordering on murder, indecent interference with a dead body, administration of extra-judicial oath and alteration to conceal evidence.

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All the defendants pleaded not guilty and were remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre, while their counsel, K. Eleja, SAN, and Kunle Adegoke, SAN, moved formal bail applications for first and sixth defendants.

But Adegoke said a formal bail application could not be filed for the seventh defendant, Adedeji Adesola, because she was added to the matter a day before the commencement of the case, asking for an adjournment to enable him to file a formal application for her.

At Friday’s proceedings counsel to the seventh defendant, Okon Ita, moved a formal bail application for her on health grounds, adding that seven more reasons had been listed to also support the bail sought by the defendant.

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Prosecution counsel, M. Omosun, opposed the application, saying a counter-application, an affidavit deposed to by ASP Idoko and a written address had been filed against the bail application.

In her ruling, Justice Ojo reserved ruling on all bail applications till Monday and notified the counsels that trial would also commence the same day.

None of the defendants was present during Friday’s session.





Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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