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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has been declared by the Osun State Government as being in full charge of the prosecution of the case involving the murder of Timothy Adegoke, a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University killed last in November 2021.
Adegoke was killed after lodging in the Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile-Ife, last November. Police investigations have linked some members of the hotel staff to the alleged murder and accused Mr Adedoyin of moves to destroy evidence.
The case was first investigated by Osun State Police Command but was later taken over by the office of the Inspector-General of Police in Abuja. However, it was later moved to Osogbo by the Nigeria Police, after the police filed a criminal charge against the suspects in Abuja.
While the police prosecutors were prosecuting the case, the counsel for the family of Adegoke, Falana & Co, held a watching brief for the victim and witnessed the proceedings.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Ismail Omipidan in a statement signed by Oluwafemi Akande, the state attorney general and justice commissioner, said the office of Falana had already collected the letter conveying the fiat of the attorney general.
The statement said, “On 1st April, 2022, Femi Falana, SAN, applied to the Office of the Hon. Attorney General for fiat to take over the prosecution of the case.
“Thereafter, the deceased’s family wrote a letter to the Attorney General requesting for the Chambers of Femi Falana, SAN, to be allowed to prosecute the matter.
“The learned silk’s letter and that of the family were immediately processed and the fiat requested for has since been granted.”