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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The trial of Sotitobire Miracle Centre Founder, Prophet Alfa Babatunde and five members of his church continues today at an Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure despite the closure of court nationwide as a result of coronavirus ravaging the world.
Babatunde is standing trial for the alleged disappearance of a year-old boy, Gold Kolawole inside his church’s children’s section on Sunday November 10, 2019
SUNSHINETRUTH correspondent observed that few people were allowed to enter the court room and the State High Court premises due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need to observe social distancing.
His church members were barred from entering the court’s premises while only two journalists were allowed to enter the courtroom and other newsmen were barred due to COVID-19 social distancing.
The trial judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola had on the commencement of the case last month promised accelerated hearing of the suit.
At the last sitting of the court late last month, Justice Odusola adjourned the case till April 6, 2020 for further hearing of the case, after mother of the missing boy, Mrs Modupe Kolawole testified against the Prophet.
Mother of the missing boy Modupe Kolawole was the third principal witness to be examined and cross- examined on circumstances sorrounding Gold’s whereabouts.
After over 8 hours of proceedings on March 20, Justice Odusola adjourned the case till the 6th April to enable the four remaining witnesses of the state give their testimonies.
More witnesses are expected to be called today by the prosecuting counsel to allow the defence counsels open their case.