An online campaign is building to discredit the health status of Timothy Adegoke, the MBA student of Obafemi Awolowo Unjiversity, Ile-Ife, Osun State, who was murdered days ago, FIJ can report.
In a November 18 publication circulated on two blogs and titled ‘OAU MBA Student Death, 12 More Facts Emerge’, Vanguard For The Truth Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, said the deceased was ill before leaving Abuja, suggesting he might have died from the illness in Hilton Hotels and Resorts where he was lodged.
“A fact being overlooked by many is that according to the earlier statement by the wife, the deceased was sick when he left home, and that was one of the reasons the wife kept checking on him by phone calls,” the statement read in part.
However, FIJ’s findings in the days when Adegoke was declared missing, and his body had not been found, contradict this claim, rather showing that he was hale and hearty, as attested to by colleagues, friends and relatives who were apprehensive about his whereabouts.
In line with that position, his family again debunked the illness claim, with Olugbade and Adetola Adegoke, siblings of the deceased, branding it “false”.
“It is not true. My brother was hale and hearty before leaving his family to write his exams in Ife,” Olugbade, brother of the deceased, told FIJ on Thursday evening.
“At about 8 pm on November 5, he still called his wife, confirming that he was in the hotel room relaxing. He was okay before the unfortunate incident happened. Nothing was wrong with him.”
Adetola Adegoke, sister of the deceased, also stated that her brother was fine before leaving Abuja for Ife.
“Nothing was wrong with my brother at the time he arrived in Ife. The news being spread is not true,” she said.
Adegoke was initially declared missing on November 7 by the Osun State Police Command, but his body was found in a shallow grave near Hilton Hotels and Resorts eight days later.
The deceased had travelled to Ife from his Abuja on November 5 for an examination scheduled for November 6 and 7 at OAU’s Distant Learning Centre in Moro, Osun State, Olugbade Adegoke.
Rahmon Adegoke Adedoyin, a popular educationist and businessman, who is also the owner of the hotel, is now in police detention as a result of the incident.
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