A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba should give the detained chairman of Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Dr. Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, access to medical facilities of his choice.
This is pending the hearing and determination of his fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed before the court.
Adedoyin, who has been in police custody in Abuja since November 15, is the owner of the hotel where a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) had lodged before he was found dead.
He had filed a lawsuit against the IGP, praying the Federal High Court to compel the police chief to admit him to bail pending the completion of an investigation into the allegations against him.
Adedoyin said he is suffering from diabetes and hypertension, thereby sought a court order to compel the police to allow him access medical facility of his choice.
However, when the matter came up, Adedoyin, who is also the founder of Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife, through his counsel, Mr Kunle Adegoke (SAN), informed the court that the order made on December 6, 2021, asking the IGP to appear in court on December 9 was duly served on the IGP as directed.
As a follow-up, the senior lawyer further said that on December 8, he personally visited the Force Headquarters in Abuja and reminded the authorities that the case would come up on Thursday.
He however expressed surprise that the IGP was not in court and was not represented by any legal practitioner.
He urged the court to take the motion ex parte already filed as the IGP has been put on notice as directed.
Adedoyin in the ex parte motion, filed along with a fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the court, prayed to be admitted to bail pending the conclusion of an investigation by the police or pending the determination of his fundamental human rights enforcement suit.
In the alternative, Adedoyin asked the court to grant him permission to have access to quality medical facilities of his choice pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Police and his possible arraignment.
In his brief ruling after listening to Adegoke lead counsel to Adedoyin, Justice Ekwo granted the request, ruling that the u|police should allow the detainee to have access to medical facilities of his choice pending the hearing and determination of the fundamental human rights suit he filed before the court.
Justice Ekwo has however fixed January 21 for a hearing of the substantive fundamental human rights enforcement suit.