Death of OAU student in hotel: Culprits must face full wrath of law – MURIC
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has stated that those responsible for the killing of Adegoke Timothy Oludare, a postgraduate student at Obafemi Awolowo University, must face the full wrath of the law.
MURIC also urged members of the public to remain calm and refrain from forming hasty assumptions.
Adegoke, a student of the institution’s Executive Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme, died in a hotel in Ile Ife, prompting the plea.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director of the human rights organisation, made the request in a statement on Saturday.
The statement read: “MURIC has come across two audio messages containing passionate appeals made by the owner of a hotel, Dr. Raymond (Rahman) Adedoyin and his wife, Chief Mrs. Iyabo Adedoyin, the Yeyemaye of Ile Ife. The couple appealed to members of the public, particularly the people of Ile Ife, to give them the chance to prove their innocence.
“The passionate appeals struck a chord in us, and we decided to join them in appealing to the good people of Ile Ife and its environs in particular and to Nigerians in general. The concern of the Muslim Rights Concern is humanity, the milk of kindness that flows from the breasts of caring mothers, as well as our love for justice and fair play. We are deeply worried that the innocent may suffer unduly. We are motivated by social responsibility.
“We appeal to the people of Ile Ife, in particular, to ponder over the popular Yoruba proverb which says, ‘Though several heads are cut off at the shrine, many of them belong to the innocent’ (Ori yeye ni mogun, ti alaise lo po). This is why nobody should jump to conclusions.
“We have faith in the Nigeria police. They have unearthed many crimes in the past and they will crack this too. We, therefore, appeal to all and sundry to allow the police to do their work. Justice will be served and there will be no cover up. It is a dastardly crime and those behind it must face the full wrath of the law. At least civil society groups like MURIC are already monitoring the case. We also call on elders and other stakeholders to continue to calm frayed nerves, particularly among the youth.
“Both the Islamic and Christian scriptures teach us to investigate all matters until we find the truth instead of rushing to judge (Glorious Qur’an 49:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Deuteronomy 13:14). It, therefore, behoves all of us to wait patiently until the police finish their findings.
“MURIC appeals to the Osun Police Command to handle this case with utmost diligence and professionalism. Blackstone’s ratio 10:1 in criminal law affirms that it is better for ten criminals to go scot-free than for a single innocent person to suffer unduly.
“We commiserate with the bereaved family and pray that Allah will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. We equally remember the Adedoyin family and the families of the hotel staff who are presently in distress. We share your fears and worries in this moment of trial. We charge you to be strong and to have faith. The Supreme Creator is merely testing you (Glorious Qur’an 2:155; 29:2-3; Deuteronomy 8:2; Job 13:9). This cup shall pass.
“MURIC calls on Nigerians to pray for the suspects and members of their families because only Allah knows what really transpired at this moment. It can happen to anybody. Pray that you are not at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Recall that Adegoke was reported missing on November 7, 2021.
The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, had described as unfortunate the death of Adegoke.
The Osun Command of the Nigeria Police had disclosed that Adegoke, who was declared missing on November 7, was dead and his corpse had been found.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, did not, however, disclose how he died or where his corpse was found but explained that it was working hard to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death.
Six persons have, however, been arrested in connection with the case while an investigation is ongoing.
Adegoke was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s Distance Learning Centre in Moro, Osun State.
He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.
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