From Lateef Dada, Osogbo
One of the staff of Hilton hotel, Ile-Ife, Osun State, where the Master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Timothy Adegoke lodged before he was allegedly killed, Oyetunde Kazeem, on Thursday told the court why the deceased was dumped inside bush.
Led in evidence by Abdurasheed Muritala SAN, the witness who is also standing trial alongside the hotelier and six other staff, said he did not steal the mobile phone or laptop of the deceased as alleged by the prosecution.
He said he did not see the Toyota Hilux vehicle used to dump the deceased at the police headquarters in Abuja.
But during cross-examination by the prosecutor, Femi Falana SAN, Kazeem explained that the Managing Director of the hotel and son of the hotelier, Raheem Adedoyin, led him and Adeniyi Aderogba to dump the corpse.
When asked if he was surprised when he saw the Hilux vehicle in Abuja, Kazeem said he was surprised.
“I don’t know who killed Timothy Adegoke. Raheem told me that he has reported at the police station and they said we should take the corpse to the mortuary. That is why we followed him. When we later dumped the corpse inside the bush, I didn’t report to the police that we dumped the corpse inside the bush.
“I, Adeniyi Aderogba, and the MD took the corpse to the dumping ground. I was surprised that I saw the Hilux vehicle in Abuja when the police took us there,” he added.
Asked whether he saw the owner of the hotel, Dr. Rahmon Adedoyin on the night that the deceased lodged, he said, “it is true that I slept and I didn’t know what happened to the deceased when I slept. But there is no how Dr. Adedoyin will come that I will not know. He did not come to the hotel,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, counsel to the 3rd and 6th defendants, Rowland Otaru SAN, challenged the authority of Falana SAN to prosecute the matter, saying he did not have a fiat issued in his name to preside over the matter.
But, Falana promised to produce the fiat, noting that he had produced it when the issue was first raced.
The Chief Judge of the state who presided over the matter, Justice Oyebola Ojo, expressed surprise that the fiat was not in the file, directing the prosecution to produce it and adjourned the matter to Friday, December 16, for the continuation of the hearing.