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Missing Baby: Sotitobire Chapel Founder Opens Defence in Court

The founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa has opened his defence in his on-going trial at an Ondo High Court in Akure over the alleged disappearance of one year old Gold Kolawole in the church last year.

Prophet Alfa’s counsel, Olusola Oke announced to the court that 20 witnesses would give testimony for him and 6 other defendants to absolve them of complicity in the disappearance of Gold.

The lead Prosecutor and Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye said the Prosecution would not tolerate any attempt to waste time.

The first witness to give testimony was Evangelist Bisola Alfa, the Prophet’s wife, who said her husband showed concern and took action to find the missing boy before he became a guest of the DSS contrary to insinuations. 

But under cross examination by the lead Prosecutor and Commissioner for Justice Adekola Olawoye, Mrs Bisola Alfa said she had always put her wards in children department.

Also, while being cross examined, Bisola said her husband never told her he suspected anybody of complicity in the case but a statement by the prophet already tendered as exhibit indicated that he suspected the 4th defendant, Grace Ogunjobi of a foul play in the incident.

The second witness was a pastor in the church, Oluwasiji Olaniyi who said they all prayed in the church overnight the day the baby got missing.

Babatunde and his co- defendants are standing trial on a three count charge to include conspiracy to aid and abet Kidnapping, Kidnapping and destroying evidence and the case has been adjourned till Monday for continuation of defence.

Leke Adegbite

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