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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Oshinle Akure, Prophet Babatunde Alfa and co-defendants will return to an Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure today to continue to prove his innocence in the alleged disappearance of one year old gold Kolawole in the church in November, last year.
During the last sitting on Thursday when the prophet opened his defence, his Counsel, Olusola Oke announced to the court that 20 witnesses would give testimony for him and 6 other defendants to absolve them of complicity in the disappearance of Kolawole.
The first witness to give testimony last Thursday was Evangelist Bisola Alfa, the Prophet’s wife who said her husband showed concern and took actions to find the missing boy before he became a guest of the DSS contrary to insinuations in certain quarters.
But under cross examination by the lead Prosecutor and Commissioner for justice Adekola Olawoye, Mrs Bisola Alfa, said her husband never told her he suspected anybody of complicity in the case but a statement by the prophet already tendered as exhibit he suspected the 4th defendant, grace ogunjobi of a fowplay in the incident.
The second witness on the first day of opening defence was a pastor in the church, Oluwasiji Olaniyi who said they all prayed in the church overnight the day the baby got missing.
Oluwasiji said the following day, Prophet Alfa confronted gold’s father and accused him of knowing the whereabouts of his son which made his wife flare up and vowed to stab him if he does not produce the toddler.
Babatunde and his co- defendants are standing trial on a three count charge to include conspiracy to aid and abet Kidnapping, Kidnapping and destroying evidence and the case has been adjourned till today for continuation of defence.