A High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State Capita,l has sentenced the founder of the Sotitobore Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa and 5 others to life imprisonment over the mysterious disappearance of a child from his church.
The Court found the defendants guilty on a two count charge of conspiracy as well as aiding and abetting kidnapping.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola,said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt as regards the evidence brought before the court and sentenced the defendants to seven years in prison with hard labour and life imprisonment .
The 7th defendant was however discharged and acquitted after the prosecution counsel failed to prove any case against him
Justice Odusola also accused the police of complicity in the entire episode.
The defendants had been on trial for months after one -year- old boy Kolawole Gold mysteriously disappeared from the church’s children’s department during a Sunday service on November 10,2019.
Alfa, whose church is at the centre of the disappearance is located at Oshinle quarters area of Akure was accused by the parents of the missing child over the mysterious disappearance of their child who has not been found.