Senator Kola Balogun has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, calling for a thorough investigation into the brutal murder of the Eruwa, Oyo State-born Timothy Adegoke Oludare.
The late Oludare was reportedly murdered in the night of 5 November, 2021 in his room at the Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife, Osun State where he had lodged to sit for his Executive MBA examination at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife.
In the wake of the uproar that followed the dastardly act, the owner of the hotel, Dr Rahmon Adegoke Adedoyin and six of his staff were arrested by the Osun State Police Command for investigation. However, the police command had said they couldn’t charge them to court yet since the autopsy result was not out.
Senator Balogun, in the letter, dated 21 November, 2021, called on IGP Usman Baba, to institute a thorough and deeper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder with a view to unveiling the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
Balogun, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District, recalled that the slained Timothy Adegoke Oludare, until his death, worked in Abuja from where he had travelled to Ile-Ife on 5 November, 2021, in pursuance of his Executive MBA programme at the OAU, Ile-Ife.
The vice chairman, Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development further said the deceased was married with three children and was sadly survived by both parents.
Senator Balogun wrote: “He lodged at the Hilton Hotel and Resorts owned by Dr. Rahmon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University, Ile Ife.
“We are reliably informed that he had always lodged in the same hotel each time he travelled to Ile Ife for his MBA programme.
“In the first instance, I wish to register my profound initial relief occasioned by the swift and professional manner with which the men of Osun State Police Command had swung into action as soon as the report of the gruesome murder got to them.
“I also wish to place on record my satisfaction with which the suspects were apprehended following their preliminary investigations. This is the only way to ensure justice is done on all criminal matters.
“Without the efforts of the police, the manner of his death would have been difficult to unearth. This is quite commendable.
“At the same time, I wish to implore the Inspector General of Police that the instant case should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet as usual following the temporary subside of the public overage on the matter.
“This is more particularly when the fingered principal suspect is a VIP in the city of Ile-Ife and in Nigeria armed with all the wherewithal to murder the case and denty us the much desired justice.
“The late Timothy Adegoke Olutare was the only breadwinner of the family, an enterprising young man with a brilliant future who was cut down in the prime of his youth.
“The family of the deceased, the people of Eruwa and Oyo State in general demand for justice which can only be achieved through professional investigations into the incidence, diligent and God-fearing prosecution by the men of the Nigeria Police Force.
“I personally believe in your competence, expertise and ability to achieve this through your good offices. As your good self-know, this requires close monitoring and supervision of the men of the force to who in the case is assigned from time to time to the conclusion of the investigations.
“On behalf of myself, the family of the deceased, the people of Eruwa, the people and government of Oyo State and all users of hotels in Nigeria, I, once again, implore you to please ensure that the public is apprised with regular updates on the matter till the final conclusion of the case in the appropriate court of law.”