Since his body was exhumed from a shallow grave on November 15, a lot has been said about the mystery surrounding the death of Timothy Adegoke, the MBA student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State.
The death of the 37-year-old Abuja-based chartered accountant had also attracted a lot of media attention. Concerned parties have issued press statements, granted interviews and vowed to bring the culprits of the murder to justice.
Rahmon Adedoyin, the owner of Hilton Hotel and Resort, where Adegoke was suspected to have died, is in police custody. Six other staff members of the hotel are also being interrogated in connection to the incident. But who exactly is Timothy Adegoke?
XIAMEN WINSTONE’S DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Timothy was born on August 4, 1984, in Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government Area, Oyo State. He attended Ifelodun Primary School and Baptist Model High School in the same state.
The late Timothy then proceeded to The Polytechnic, Ibadan, for his tertiary education.
On the completion of his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja, he got a job with the Xiamen Win Stone, a professional Chinese granite, slate, quartz stone supplier from Xiamen, China, where he rose to become the company’s Director of Finance.
He was pursuing an MBA in Accounting at OAU when he went missing before he was later found dead.
VERY QUIET, NOT WAYWARD
Tunmise Adeoke, the younger sister of the deceased, described him as an easy-going person.
“Of all my siblings, he was the quietest,” Tunmise said, “You will never find my brother where there is fighting. He is also the kind of person that would tell you that he is at a particular location and you will find him there. He is not at all wayward.”
Timothy was also described as the breadwinner of the family, who was always willing to help the people around him.
“He was more than a brother to me, he was also my friend,” his sister said. “He was a loving husband, caring father and a wonderful friend. The shining light in our family is gone.”
THE ONE STUDENTS RAN TO FOR HELP
A colleague of the deceased, who simply identified himself as Caleb, said the father of three was one of the most approachable people he has ever met.
He described Timothy as a brilliant student at OAU and “a cool-headed friend of all in class”.
“When lecturers were done taking us in classes and we didn’t, in the end, get what had been taught, it was Timothy we would run to for help,” Caleb said. “We called him our account guru. With a smile on his face, he was always willing to help.”
During the Covid-19 lockdown, Timothy would go to the extent of organising zoom meetings for his classmates, expatiating what had already been taught in class.
“Apart from his willingness to help out in our course of study, he was also there for most classmates who needed financial assistance,” his colleague stated. “He was a willing giver. He was a perfect gentleman.”
A PROBLEM SOLVER
Timothy was not only a brilliant student, but he was also a problem solver and a delight to his colleagues at the Xiamen Winstone company, where he worked before his death.
“He was also down to earth,” one of his colleagues, who simply identified himself as Samuel. “He was very friendly with everyone and those that reported to him on the job, found him very easy to confide in.”
Samuel described late Timothy as a very hardworking and diligent colleague, who knew his onions.
“He was a constant problem solver. If he had not possessed all of the qualities I just told you about, there was no way he would have risen to the deserving post of a financial director in our company.”
Adegoke was in Ife to write a series of examinations scheduled to hold at OAU’s Distant Learning Centre In Moro, before he died.
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