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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure today resumes the trial of Prophet Alfa Babatunde of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Oshinle Akure and six others over the disappearance of a year-old child Gold Kolawale on November 10 2019.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the Court at today’s sitting, is expected to grant more time to the Ondo State Department of public prosecution (DPP) under ministry of justice to tender more evidences through videos before closing its case and allow the defendants’ lawyers to open their defence.
Appearing before the high court last week Monday as the 7th and last witness for the Department of public Prosecution, Olakunle Adedayo of the DSS, informed the court that the involvement of the Service was as a result of petitions by the Ondo State House of Assembly, Human Rights Commission and other bodies which prompted its investigations on the missing child.
The court had the last sitting last week’s Monday admitted in evidence an electronics gadget and the church children’s register where it was confirmed that Gold kolawole’s name was number 87 on the list of children as well as a laptop recovered by the DSS from the Church’s media officer which allegedly contains two videos.
The Court also last week rejected two applications from the defence counsel which bordered on bail and the other challenging the propriety of freezing the five bank account of the first defendant Alfa Babatunde by the DSS.
Justice Olusegun Odusola subsequently fixed June 15th,16 and 18th 2020 to enable the defendants open their case and tender counter evidence to exonerate themselves from the missing of baby Kolawole.
At today’s sitting, SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that it is expected that the court may allow the playing of the two videos to extract more evidences against the defendants.
As at the time of filing this report, video playing gadgets have been installed at the courtroom in preparations for today’s proceedings.