The owner of Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Dr Rahman Adedoyin and his six workers have been arraigned before a High Court in Osogbo over the death of Timothy Adegoke, a Master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
Adedoyin, Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola were brought into the court amid heavy security and an equally heavy presence of sympathisers.
The defendants were arraigned on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, murder, alteration and cancellation of receipt and oath-taking to prevent justice, among others.
Defence counsels K.K Eleja, SAN, and Kunle Adegoke, SAN, moved bail application of the first to sixth defendants except for the seventh defendant (Adesola Adedeji) who was just added to the charge.
Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Facility and adjourned the case to March 4 for the argument of bail of the seventh defendant.
Three persons were arrested with weapons at the court entrance at 8:24 am.
Police, who frisked everybody before entering, said the suspects attempted to drive into the premises in an unregistered car, and, when arrested, could not explain their mission to the court.
Also, family members of the late OAU student clashed with the hotelier, Adedoyin, after the court sitting.
As the seven defendants left the court with police escort, a family member of Timothy Adegoke was seen filming the departing defendants with his phone.
A family member of Adedoyin challenged him, saying that since prosecution had begun, all forms of cyberbullying must cease.
A policeman seized the phone whereupon both families started hurling insults at one another.