Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, has sentenced Founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel in the State, Prophet Babatunde Alfa, to life imprisonment.
Justice Olusegun Odusola handed down the sentence on Tuesday over the disappearance of one year toddler, Gold Kolawole, during Sunday service in his church in 2020.
The court held that the judgement was based on th circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.
Alfa, was convicted to life imprisonment along with five others who were found them guilty of a two-count charge of kidnapping and aiding and abetting to kidnap.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Olusegun Odusola, said that the Prosecution Counsel proved beyond reasonable doubt as regards the evidence brought before the court.
The judge also accused the police of complicity in the entire episode.
The court discharged and acquitted the 7th defendant after the prosecution Counsel could not prove any case against him.
The Prophet and the other defendants had been on trial for months after one-year-old Kolawole Gold disappeared mysteriously from the church’s children’s department during a Sunday service on November 10, 2019.
The Child was buried by alive at the premises of the church, a development that triggered a violent protest by the Child’s parents and some Nigerians who burn down the church.
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