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I was offered N71 million to jettison case against my husband’s killer, says widow

The widow of Timothy Adegoke, a Master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, Osun State who was murdered at Hilton Hotels in the ancient town, has revealed that she was offered N71million to drop her pursuit of the prosecution of her husband’s murderers.

Penpushing reports that, Bolatito Adegoke made the revelation during an interview, shortly after court judgement which sentenced the owner of the hotels, and two other staff to death, adding that she turned down the offer, as she was interested in justice for her late husband

The widow said the outcome of the case rekindled her hope in the Nigerian judiciary, recalling that same offer was extended to the brother of the deceased, which he also rejected, and they started threatening him.

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“I was once offered a bribe of N71 million to withdraw the case against Adedoyin, but I rejected it. They offered the same to my husband’s elder brother, which he rejected. They started threatening him, but God took all the glory’.

“The person that was sent to us said the money was for us to forget the case. He promised to get us a shop so that I would be selling goods. I told the person that I was not interested in the money but justice for my late husband’, she added.

“Yes, my hope in the judiciary with this case has been rekindled. Some people are casting doubt that he (Adedoyin) might be replaced in prison, but I told them that God, who started His work, would finish it. I don’t have any problem with that. My confidence is in God. He stood by me, fought for me and vindicated me.

“I was inside a church praying when I was informed about the judgment. Although I wept, I give thanks to God. He showed himself strong in this matter. He backed me to get justice. I would have been happier if my husband had come back to life after the judgment.

“God is faithful! Over my children’s welfare, the decision of the court should be respected, because my husband prioritised their well-being. They must be taken good care of. I really appreciate the journalists, Femi Falana, SAN, and all the well-meaning Nigerians who stood for and by me.”

“I don’t have a job. I have been looking for a job, but I could not find any. The mercy of God has been sustaining me and my children. The people that promised me job never fulfilled it. The little fund that was raised for me was what my children and I have been surviving on. I also pay their school fees from it. God has been faithful to us.”

Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that Adegoke went missing after lodging in Hilton Hotel in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on a trip for his post-graduate programme at the university, a report was therefore made to the police, and in the course of intensive investigation his corpse was later found in a shallow grave in a bush situated along the Ibadan-Ife expressway.

Meanwhile, after diligent investigation and prosecution the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Ojo found the owner of the hotel, Rahmon Adedoyin and two members of his staff of guilty and were c last week sentenced to death.

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