Judiciary

Sotitobire: Court Adjourns Hearing to 2nd of June

Hearing in the ongoing trial of the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel Akure, Prophet Alfa Babatunde over the alleged disappearance of one year old, Gold Kolawole in the church last year, has been adjourned till 2nd June, 2020.

Justice Olusegun Odusola announced the adjournment after a state government counsel, Mr Babatunde Falodun informed the court of the inability of the state Attorney general and Commissioner for justice, Adekola Olawoye to be present due to an urgent state assignment.

Falodun, also sought an adjournment of the hearing which was not opposed by all the defense counsel, Olusola Oke, Olumide Ogidan, Akinyemi Omoware and Olalekan Akinrinsola.

Prophet Babatunde and six other church members are standing trial on three count charge including conspiracy to and abetting kidnap.

They were brought to the court by officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Olokuta, Akure and made to undergo Covid 19 precautionary measures such as hand washing, use of hand sanitizers and social distancing order.

Few people including just two journalists were allowed to monitor the court proceedings in view of the social distancing order of the COVID-19.

Everybody in the court, including the Presiding judge, Olusegun Odusola wore nose masks as part of the precautionary measures.

Leke Adegbite

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