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Missing Boy at Sotitobire Church in my Custody —Suspected Kidnapper
By: Ade Adeleke.
Controversies have started trailing the arrest of Elike Chibuzor, a “self acclaimed” abductor of the one year old missing boy, Gold Kolawole who was allegedly kidnapped inside Sotitobire Miracle Centre at Oshinle quarters, Akure, the Ondo State capital, on the 10th of November, 2019.
It will be recalled that the Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Prophet Alfa Babatunde and six other church members had been remanded over the missing boy (Gold).
However, the Suspect (Chibuzor) in his text message on December 14, 2019 to the prophet claimed he kidnapped the boy to blackmail the clergyman, while the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph said the 39yr-old man, Elike Chibuzor is a serial fraudster who only wanted to dupe the cleric as a result of the missing boy’s incident.
Also, Mr Olusola Oke, counsel to Prophet Alfa Babatunde who also confirmed that the arrest of Chibuzor to newsmen, said the suspected abductor of the child had reportedly thrown up hiding revelations on the incident.
Chibuzor who claimed to be “Adamu”, is said to have confessed that two popular clergymen commissioned him to kidnap the missing boy to blackmail Prophet Alfa Babatunde.
Oke said, “on December 14, 2019, Prophet Alfa Babatunde received a text message on his phone from one Adamu (Chubuzor) who claimed to have abducted Gold Kolawole from the premises of Sotitobire church for the purpose of blackmailing the prophet.”
“The full text reads verbatim thus; ‘Attention: I am adamu, this is to inform u that I and my here in Akure are responsible for snatching of the 1yrs kolawole, we where sent by 2 man of God here in Akure and was paid some cash to set the prophet up. Call me now for more’.
The lawyer said, “it was based on the above text message that detectives from the state police command tracked the phone line and traced the sender to Imo state, but he was eventually nabbed in Port Harcourt, Rivers state where he flees to. He is currently helping the police on their investigation on the missing boy.”
The lawyer noted that, “let me also tell you this very important message; the police are closed on the perpetrators of this drastic act, and I can assure you that the outcome will shock everyone, and it will shake the whole structure of this city to it foundation.
“That is when we will all appreciate the good job done by the police and not the fire brigade approach of men of DSS”.
Oke was also worried about the manner the operatives of the DSS in the state handled the missing child case, stressing that men of the secret police are too much in haste to prosecute and nail Prophet Babatunde on the cross over the case, even when there is yet to be any evidence linking him with the unfortunate incident.
“There are many questions begging for answers by men of the DSS; one of them is why have they refused to arrrest and interrogate the father of the missing boy, Mr. Kolawole, especially on how he came about the balance of sixteen million naira found in his account, and what happened to the money, thereafter? I promise you, we are going to unravel all these puzzles very soon.
“It beat my imagination that this kind of wanton killings of innocent souls, including a police sergeant on lawful duty, and setting ablaze the auditorium, several other buildings, cars and other properties belonging to Prophet Alfa Babatunde and Sotitobire Praising Centre, all because of the missing one year old boy; It’s only pointing to one fact that this is a hi-tech conspiracy against the man of God from several sources in politics, from higher temples of God, security agents and a section of the media.”
Oke however, appealed to the people of the state to keep their peace and allow the law enforcement agents to conclude their investigations on the matter, adding that the outcome will surely take many by surprise, while the innocent or otherwise of the man of God would be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
But, the PPRO who insisted that the suspect was a fraudster.
Joseph said, “the man who said he heard about the kidnap of young Gold via the social media confessed that he actually Called Some People and sent Some text messages where he stated that he had Kolawole Gold in his Custody and will Only release him after collecting 800 thousand naira.
“He (Chibuzor) also Confessed that he was not sent by anyone to implicate Pastor Babatunde Alpha of Sotitobire Church as earlier stated in his numerous calls and text messages.
“Finally he said that he was just looking for a Cheap way to make money as he knew nothing about the kidnap or the whereabout of the little boy,” the PPRO said.