By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The family of late Timothy Adegoke has called on the Nigeria Police to use the case as another litmus test in its bid to restore the confidence of Nigerians in its ability to unravel crimes no matter how the perpetrators think they have covered their tracks.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo on Monday, Counsel to the deceased family, Naheem Adekilekun maintained that the Police should do a thorough job at investigating the course of the death of their son in the interest of justice.
The family who suspected foul play demanded to know what prompted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yemisi Opalola, to hastily told the public that there was nothing to show any form of mutilation in the body of the deceased when recovered from where he was buried.
They noted that the statement of the police spokesperson was contrary to what was witnessed by those who were present at the site of the exhumation.
“On behalf of the family, we wish to express appreciation for the massive interests Nigerians have shown in this case and the strident calls for justice no matter how highly placed the perpetrators are.
“At this juncture, we wish to raise some pertinent questions which we believe are rational in the estimation of right-thinking Nigerians. We demand the followings:
“An immediate inquiry into the circumstances that led to the production of an audio that is in circulation in which the chairman of the hotel, Mr. Rahman Adedoyin, whom the police claimed to be in their custody, recorded an appeal to members of the public pleading his innocence.
“A clearer statement on what prompted the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, to hastily tell members of the public that there was nothing to show any form of mutilation in the body of the deceased when exhumed from the shallow grave. This is contrary to what witnesses who were at the site of the exhumation claim.
“The Police need to clear the air on the reported preferential and VIP treatments being accorded the owner of the hotel, Mr Rahman Adedoyin. This is already in the public domain and for the sake of fairness and an assurance of justice, the police need to speak up on this.
“We have also watched with dismay, the various attempts to confuse members of the public with endless statements bordering on the ‘innocence’ of the Chairman and founder of the hotel, Rahman Adedoyin.
“We would rather prefer that all the suspects await their days in court to prove their innocence instead of the resort to the use of the media to appeal to sentiments,” the Counsel stated.