Adedeji Adesola, the Hilton Hotel receptionist that received Timothy Adegoke, the late postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has been sentenced to two years in jail.
Adesola was on duty when Adegoke lodged at the hotel located in Ile-Ife in November 2021.
The receptionist was arraigned alongside six others on 11 counts including conspiracy, murder felony among others — and they all pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
She was jailed for altering the receipt issued to the deceased as directed by Rahman Adedoyin, the hotel owner, in order to conceal any traces of Adegoke’s death from the police.
Delivering the judgment on Wednesday, Adepele Ojo, the presiding judge, said her two-year jail term starts from the first day she was detained for the crime.
Adedoyin was earlier sentenced to death alongside two others who were found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of the hotel and the Hilux bus used to convey the deceased to the dumping ground.
The late student had traveled from Abuja to write an exam at a distance learning centre of OAU in Moro, Osun state, on November 5, 2021.
He lodged in Adedoyin’s hotel but was declared missing two days later — only to be found dead.
In March 2022, Waheed Oluogun, a consultant pathologist at Osun State University Teaching Hospital, told the court that the master’s student died of a severe haemorrhage secondary to severe traumatic injury.
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