Some Nigerians on the microblogging platform, Twitter have accused the family of Ramon Adedoyin, the owner of the Hilton Hotel in Ile-Ife, Osun State, of paying some “influencers” to trend #Adedoyincase.
Adedoyin is being detained in connection with the death of Timothy Adegoke, a postgraduate student of OAU who lodged in Hilton Hotels and Resorts at Ile-Ife but was killed there.
Adegoke reportedly lodged in the hotel upon his arrival from Abuja on November 5 to enable him to arrive early for his examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro, Osun State, on November 6 and November 7, 2021.
He was, however, found dead in the hotel room where he lodged, which belongs to Rahman Adedoyin.
There had been rumours in some quarters that it was a case of ritual killings but the Adedoyin family denied the claims.
In December 2021, they had urged Nigerians on social media to stop smearing the hotelier’s name, insisting that Adedoyin was not a ritualist and had no hand in Adegoke’s death.
However, two months after this, some selected social media accounts have made screenshots of the family’s claim and reshared such with the same hashtag, in a bid to seek public acceptance for Adedoyin, the accused person.
SaharaReporters observed that some selected Twitter accounts had started trending the hashtag while urging others to do the same with their bank account details which they promised to credit.
The handles include @princelybrown, @officialpelu, @Saddiq_Mb, @cutebabe425, @itorobong_, @theonlyologi among others.
Meanwhile, some Twitter users have lambasted them, alleging that they must have been paid to do such.
Below are some of the reactions of Twitter users:
the way we've normalize bad and evils things in this country is getting out of hand who are those defending the man #AdedoyinCase
— An_Najimy Reals (@An_Najimy001) February 11, 2022
He is not a ritualist you say.Let us even assume he didn’t kill Timothy and maybe they just found his body there and tried to do damage control and all. The fact still remains that they tried to cover it up which should count for something #AdedoyinCase
— Ibrahim Kazeem (@IbrahimKazeem_M) February 11, 2022
— Smile Sunday (@smilesundai) February 11, 2022
A young man was killed and body parts harvested and instead of you to raise your voice to bring the perpetrators to book you’re busy trending nonsense,May you all be ever haunted in your lives. Cheap and hungry youths #AdedoyinCase
— Brooda John (@Nigeriangod_) February 11, 2022
It seems this one is the bursary sharing the money to propagate the evil #Adedoyincase .
If you are innocent of this case you don't need to buy the truth and justice with money.
Oh what a country I belong to..?
What a nation full of evil and wicked souls. https://t.co/e4pSkNdUo2
— Ajafrique? (@Sir_Aj3) February 11, 2022
Some humans, with blood flowing through their veins, sat down and agreed on a price to trend #AdedoyinCase to support somebody accused of being a party in a murder case. Just for the money not for a preious life lost.
— 'Diwúrà Adéríbigbé (@De_Catalyste) February 11, 2022
— Asa ? (@popular_lonerrr) February 11, 2022
Anyone that kill Mr Timothy Adegoke will never know peace. And for those trending this hashtags "Remember that a family lost their bread winner" and you're all trending shit because of 5k #Adedoyincase
— Zuriel (@Agbeti) February 11, 2022