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OAU Student’s Death: Hotel Owner Claims Viral Audio Recorded Before Arrest, Says Police

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

The owner of Hilton hotel, where an MBA student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke died,  Dr. Rahman Adedoyin, has said that he recorded the audio which went viral before his arrest, the Osun State Police Command said.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Yemisi Opalola who made this known in Osogbo on Tuesday at a press conference said the command was embarrassed when the recording was released to the public.

She, however, assured that the Police will stop at nothing at unraveling who actually released the audio.

Opalola said: “On investigation, Dr. Rahman Adedoyin admitted being the author of the audio message. He said that he felt inclined to make it when some members of his staff were arrested by the police.

“He affirmed making it before he was arrested to defend himself when some people, especially the brother of the deceased was referring to him as a ritualist.

“He said it was made to clear himself because; they have already maligned his character even without due process of law.

“He said, he did not know whether the audio was released or when it was released until police told him about it, since he has been in police custody since 15th November, 2021, and doesn’t have access to his phone.”

His staff were arrested on the 11th and 12th November, 2021 while he (Dr. Rahman Adedoyin) was subsequently arrested on the 15th November, 2021.

Also speaking on the claim that Adedoyin was being given preferential treatment in custody, the police spokesperson said there is no designated cells for VIP in the command.

“Detention of suspects is a normal process in the police investigation. SCID Osogbo, has no such VIP cells designated for any person whatsoever.

“I wish to state clearly that, all the suspects connected to this matter are in our lawful custody and the command even has a valid court order, justifying their detention pending the completion of police investigation,” she added.

 

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