By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Williams Abiodun, Counsel to the owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin has appealed to the family of Timothy Adegoke, an MBA student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who died at the hotel, to appear at the hospital on Monday for a re-scheduled autopsy of the deceased.
Abiodun in a statement made available to newsmen noted that efforts by the independent pathologists to unravel the death of Adegoke suffered a setback last Friday as a result of the absence of the family of the deceased.
The statement said: “Friday, November 19th, 2021 was agreed on for the conduct of the autopsy to unravel the circumstances leading to death of Mr Timothy Adegoke and to also establish whether any part of his body was missing, as alleged by the deceased’s brother on the social media.
“Towards this, a team of independent pathologists had arrived from various areas of the country a day before in preparation for the autopsy which was scheduled to commence by 9am on Friday, 19th November 2021.
“While the Police team from the Osun State Police Command and the pathologists arrived at few minutes before 9am, the members of the family of the deceased, Timothy Adegoke, were not at the venue for the autopsy.
“The police officers place repeated calls to them to know their whereabouts, but they kept on giving various locations within Osogbo and that they were stuck in the traffic.
“This went on from around 12 noon till about 3 pm when the brother of the deceased eventually informed the Police that they were not anywhere near Osogbo.
“We view the absence of the deceased’s family members at a scheduled autopsy arrangement as a calculated attempt to frustrate investigation into the matter with a view to deprive the public from getting the privilege of ascertaining the true cause of the death of the deceased and the circumstances surrounding his unfortunate death.
“Whereas, the deceased’s brother, who failed or refused to find time to participate in the autopsy process, had sufficient time to grant interviews to the press where he continued to make weird and yet to be substantiated allegations thereby prejudicing the minds of the reasonable members of the public and muddling up the process of justice.
“While we sympathise with the family of the deceased and other persons affected by his death, we urge everyone to wait for the outcome of the Police investigation and that of the independent pathologists.
“We wish to reiterate that the independent pathologists’ insistence on the presence of the representatives of the family and that of the suspects with the Police Investigators in attendance during the post-mortem is a welcome idea which will clear the doubts that is needlessly placed in the public domain. This will ensure that Justice, which is tripartite in nature, is well served in this case.
“We therefore appeal to the family of the deceased, particularly, Mr Gbade Adegoke, to allow the Police do their work. We further appeal to him to be at the hospital on Monday the 22nd day of November, 2021 for a re-scheduled process for the autopsy of the deceased.”