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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa has testified for himself in his ongoing trial at an Ondo state high court in Akure to prove his innocence in the saga.
He claimed that the DSS after arresting him, searched his house and church but found nothing incriminating.
The clergyman said despite organising marathon prayers and fasting alongside his ministers, the boy’s parent did not cooperate with him to find the missing boy through the right channel.
Prophet Alfa explained that the right channel he claimed in the exhibit before the court was using prayers and security agencies to find the missing boy.
He lawyer, olusola oke also tendered a video footage of the church service where prayers were said for the recovery of the boy which was accepted by the court.
While being Cross examined the attorney General and Commissioner for justice Adekola Olawoye, the prophet said he never knew the boy’s parents until the incident happened though they claimed they had been attending since June.
He also agreed that one month after the incident, the police never Arraigned him or any off his church members in court until the DSS did so.
Earlier on June 30, 2020, the traditional personal assistant to the deji of Akure, chief taiwo fagite was the 4th witness for prophet Babatunde Alfa in his ongoing trial at an Ondo state high court in Akure over the disappearance of gold Kolawole In November last year.
Fagite who was subpoenaed by the court, alleged that parents of the missing boy were not forthcoming
after they reported the incident until there were made to swear an oath at the deji’s palace alongside 14 teachers in the church.
He said the deji of Akure upon being briefed on the incident summoned both prophet Babatunde and the boy’s parents but only the Cleric showed up.
Chief fagite said days later, the parents and 14 children teachers later came to swear to a traditional oath at the deji’s palace.
While being cross examined, chief fagite admitted that the prophet during his first visit to the palace came with a popular Akure youth leader, ade basket as well as a senior police officer.
The 5th defence witness, Evangelist funmilayo ogunlusi, a cleric in the church said they had a vigil the day the incident occurred and a 9 day fasting and prayer by the ministers for the recovery of the child.
The trial continues tomorrow.