Murder Trial: Adedoyin Petitions Dig, Alleged Defamation, Incitement

The Chairman of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin standing trial along six staff over the alleged murder of a master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke has petitioned the Deputy Inspector-General of Police over defamation, false alarm, incitement, unlawful interference with the police investigation and judicial proceedings.

A copy of the petition obtained by The Nation addressed to DIG, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Area 10, Garki, FCT, Abuja was also copied Department of State Service (DSS), Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Dr Adedoyin in his letter through his lawyer, Mr Ahmed Aderoju complained of criminal defamation, false alarm, incitement, false publication, cyberstalking and criminal threat against him by radio proprietor of Agidigbo FM, Oriyomi Hamzat, Babagbade Imo, Woibile and IJKFMB Music yard.

The letter read; “The four persons who are bloggers, online media practitioners and/or social media influencers have been criminally defaming, threatening, cyberstalking/cyberbullying our client over the circumstances surrounding the death of a lodger, Late Timothy Adegoke, in one of our client’s hotels {Hilton Hotel (Honours)} in Ile Ife, Osun State in November 2021.

“This is an issue being the subject matter of judicial proceedings and investigation by the Nigeria Police which, on 15th November 2021, invited and subsequently arrested our client for the purpose of investigation. But these bloggers embarked on a series of campaigns of calumny against our client, discrediting the police investigation and impugning the constitutional credibility of the Nigerian Police to incite the public against the constituted authorities, against our client and engendering violent breakdown of law and order.

“They alleged human killings and body dismemberment, fake Autopsy reports, made allegations of fake CCTV footage and secret cultism against our Dr Adedoyin. They carry out these crude illegalities via online outreaches like Facebook, YouTube and Agidigbo FM Radio and others.”

The Nigeria police are urged by Adedoyin’a counsel to invite and investigate Oriyomi Hamzat and others stating that their actions are against Sections 373, 374 and 375, of the Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 LFN 2004 and Section 6 of Libel Act 1843.

(The Nation)

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