Ramon Adedoyin, Owner of Hiltons Hotel, Ile-Ife, standing trial alongside six of his employees in the case of the murder of Timothy Adegoke, a Masters student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has closed his case on Thursday.
All seven defendants were present in court for the day’s proceedings, but Okon Ita, the counsel to the 7th defendant, Adesola Adedeji, was absent in court.
At the penultimate sitting of the court on December 16, Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo, had adjourned the matter till February 2, to allow the 1st defendant to call witnesses after the murder was added to his charge.
But while addressing the court on Thursday, Adedoyin’s counsel, Mr K. Eleja, SAN, said he was constrained to close his case after two witnesses he intended to call failed to appear.
Eleja said he had planned to call Inspector Victor Ekpeyong and an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Benedict Agbo of Nigerian Police Force Forensic Science Laboratory, Force SCID Annex, Alagbon, Lagos State.
He however said despite all efforts made, both were not in court.