The family of the Master of Business Administration student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Timothy Oludare, found dead after lodging at the Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Osun State, has asked the police to release his body for a proper and befitting burial.
Timothy had gone to Ife to take his MBA examination at OAU. But he went missing shortly after he arrived at Ile as his family could not reach him.
Meanwhile, he had earlier contacted his wife to inform her that he was staying in a hotel.
Following an investigation by the police, it was learnt that the money paid by Timothy for lodging at Hilton Hotels and Resorts was traced to Adesola, one of the employees of the hotel.
A source told SaharaReporters that the owner of the hotel, who also owns Oduduwa University, Rahman Adegoke Adedoyin and other workers initially denied that Timothy was at the hotel.
Meanwhile, the victim’s body was discovered after some suspects, including workers at the hotel, were arrested by the police.
The police later announced that the student had been found dead without giving details of how, when and where he was found.
In a public statement by its legal representative, Kayode Ajulo, which was made available to SaharaReporters, the family frowned on a viral broadcast made by the hotel owner in police detention, in which he said he knew nothing about Timothy’s death.
“From the abysmal worldwide broadcast allegedly released by the Suspect from police custody, now trending both in print and social media, what was supposed to have been a solemn declaration and recording of statement at the Police facility was transmogrified into a musical concert or show of comedy fest, advertisement and a maudlin plea of non-guilt and exoneration by the suspect,” the statement read.
“What is more befuddling and disheartening is the fact that the Police which is meant to be an unbiased Investigating Agency would allow its custody to be used as a recording studio for the Suspect to toot his own horn!
“Applying the test of a reasonable man, no doubt one will be led to the irresistible conclusion that the broadcast is not only an obfuscating façade but also a stratagem of invasion and confusion.
“Considering the trajectory and the incendiary surrounding the heinous and gruesome murder of Mr Timothy Oludare, it is expected that the Police ought to have been very professional and discreet in ensuring that a thorough investigation is conducted, no matter how highly placed anyone could be!
“Be that as it may, while it is not in our stead to direct the Police on how to conduct its investigation, however, the perdurable questions that urgently cry for answers are as follows:
“Since the exhumation of the Corpse of Mr Timothy Oludare, have the Police put a protective cordon around the facility extending to some radius beyond the location where his body was found? There is a probability that this is not the first victim. The use of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient and effective means to search for buried bodies.
“Was there a CCTV in the hotel? If no, why? It is pretty standard for CCTVs to be in public places especially hotels. If none was installed, the same is suspicious and indicative of premeditation. Have the premises of the suspect been searched by the Police in order to discover any incriminating materials? If not, a warrant should be obtained to search his properties for such.
“While we await the outcome of Police investigation, it must be stated with every sense of purpose that we shall ensure, as ministers in the temple of justice and adherent to the dictates of the rule of law that the water of justice is not muddled in the instant case by any guise no matter how highly placed anyone could be!
“We, therefore, urge the Inspector General of Police to use his good offices to see to it that the deceased gets JUSTICE!
“In the interim, while we await the completion of the autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased, we take the liberty to request that the remains of the deceased be promptly released to his family for a proper and befitting burial.”