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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Prophet Alfa Babatunde is reported to have shunned festive meals and fell sick throughout the Christmas and New year celebrations at Olokuta prisons in Akure, in what can be termed as “hunger strike”.
The clergyman was remanded by an Ondo state Magistrate court sitting at Oke-Eda Akure two weeks ago over the missing of one year old boy, Gold Kolawole in his church since November 10, 2019.
A reliable source told SUNSHINETRUTH that the Prophet also collapsed more than three times in the last one week inside the prison and rushed to the Prisons Clinic for medical attention.
It was also learnt that his beard had been shaved and hair cut by the prisons officials.
One of the officials told our Reporter that “yes it is true that he is feeling sick always since he got to our place, he has even collapsed more than three times but our medical people had attended to him.”
“I know is wearing mourning look always, you know we will need to shave his head and beard, which we have done since. I was not he didn’t eat on Christmas and new year celebration days, the reasons I don’t know, but it’s true (that he is not eating), said the Source who preferred to speak anonymously.
Alfa Babatunde, the founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre had burst into tears as he was moved out of the court into the black maria days to the Christmas.
He was led into the black maria at the court with six other members of the church arraigned with him.
Itwoukdk be recalled that on November 10, 2019, Gold Kolawole was declared missing after the church programme at Sotitobire Miracle Centre after his mother, Mrs. Modupe Kolawole dropped him off at the church’s children department.
Prophet Alfa was arrested by officials of the DSS four weeks ago following a petition by the missing boy parent over the alleged failure by the Nigerian Police to intervene in the situation.
The situation reached its crescendo on December 18, 2019, when angry youths attacked and razed the church over rumours that the corpse of the missing baby was exhumed from the church altar.
Prophet Alfa will be in the prison till January 14, 2020, the next adjourned date.
The Clergyman and six others were charged for the following offences:
The charge sheet read, “That you Prophet Alfa Babatunde ’m’, Omodara Olayinka ’f’, Margaret Oyebola ‘f’, Grace Ogunjobi ‘f’, Egunjobu Motunrayo ’f’, Esther Kayode ’f’, Peter Anjorin ‘m’ others now at large on the 10th day of November 2019 at about 11:45 am at Sotitobire Praising Chapel, No. 48, Solagbade Street, Oshinle Quarters, Akure, Ondo State in the Akure Magisterial District did conspire together to commit felony to Wit: Kidnapping and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. I, Laws of Undo State 2006.
“That you Prophet Alfa Babatunde ’m’, Omodara Olayinka ’f’, Margaret Oyebola ‘f’, Grace Ogunjobi ‘f’, Egunjobu Motunrayo ’f’, Esther Kayode ’f’, Peter Anjorin ‘m’ and others now at large on the 10th day of November 2019 at about 11:4Sam at Sotitobire Praising Chapel, No. 48, Solagbade Street, Oshinle Quarters, Akure, Ondo State in the Akure Magisterial District did aid the kidnap of one Gold Eninlaloluwa Kolawole ’m’ aged 13-month and -thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 5(i) of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.
“That you PETER ANJORIN ‘m’ on the 10th day of December 2019 at about 2:00 pm at the premises of the Department of State Service, Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State in the Akure Magisterial District did destroy evidence by secretly taken away the vital evidence that would have aid speedy investigation in respect of the missing child (Gold Eninlaloluwa Kolawole) and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 123 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State 2006.”