The founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, Ondo State, Prophet Alfa Babatunde on Thursday announced that he had 20 witnesses to testify in favour of the defendants in court over the case of a one-year-old boy named Gold Eniola Kolawole, who went missing without any trace or track, nobody saw him leave the church and beside it’s just a little baby.
The defendants are standing trial on a three-count charge including crime to aid and abet kidnapping, kidnapping and destroying evidence which makes it seems like the pastor knows something about the missing boy.
At the start again hearing of the case on Thursday at the High Court in Akure, the prophet was authorized to open his defence in the ongoing case in order to ascertain his innocence over the disappearance of the boy.
The counsel to the defendant, Olusola Oke, who declared openly the number of witnesses on behalf of Babatunde and other defendants said they were all ready to verify in court for the defendants in the case.
He explained that only three out of the 20 witnesses would go through cross-examination on the first day of opening the defence.
Oke called the first witness, who is the prophet’s wife, Bisola, to appear before the court and give her side of the story.
During cross-examination, the woman said her husband exhibited interest and also gave rise to an effort to find the missing boy before he was imprisoned by the DSS.
She put in that the DSS came to browse their home but found nothing incriminating that could link the prophet to the case of the missing one year boy in his church.
According to her, one Adamu also sent some message to her husband’s phone contending that two well-known pastors compensated him to kidnap the boy and get him to them.
The wife of the Prophet, Bisola also expanded that she had constantly put her wards in the children department but the statement of the Head of Children Department, and third defendant, Margaret Oyebola, suggested that she was lying.
She remarked that her husband never told her he suspected anybody of conspiracy in the case but an announcement by the prophet tendered as exhibit indicated that he presumed the fourth defendant, Grace Ogunjobi, of a foul play over the disappearance of the child.
Also, the second witness, a pastor in the same church, Mr Oluwasiji Olaniyi, alleged that they all prayed in the church all through the night same day the boy went missing.
Oluwasiji added that the following day, Prophet Babatunde met face to face the father of the missing child and impeached him of knowing the location of his own son but his wife got angry.
The Commissioner for Justice in the State, Kolawole Olawoye who is also the Lead prosecutor, said the prosecution would not condone any attempt to waste the time of the court by the defendants with the number of witnesses mobilized.
The judge later adjourned the case until next Monday for continuation.
Prophet Babatunde and other defendants were later returned to the Nigeria Correctional Service Centre at Olokuta.
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