Prophet Alfa Babatunde, founding father of Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, Ondo State, on Thursday mentioned that he had 20 witnesses to testify for him in court docket over the case of a one yr previous boy named Gold Eniola Kolawole, who was declared lacking in his church.
Babatunde and his co-defendants are standing trial on a three-count cost together with conspiracy to help and abet kidnapping, kidnapping and destroying proof.
On the resumed listening to of the case on Thursday on the Excessive Courtroom in Akure, the prophet was allowed to open his defence within the ongoing case with the intention to show his innocence over the dissapearance of the boy.
Olusola Oke, counsel to the defendant, who introduced the variety of witnesses on behalf of Babatunde, mentioned they had been all able to testify in court docket for the defendants within the case.
He defined that three of them (witnness) would undergo cross examination on the primary day of opening the defence.
Oke known as the primary witness, who’s the prophet’s spouse, Bisola, earlier than the court docket.
Throughout cross examination, the girl mentioned her husband confirmed concern and likewise made effort to search out the lacking boy earlier than he was arrested by the DSS.
She added that the DSS got here to look their residence however discovered nothing incriminating that would hyperlink the prophet to the case of the lacking boy in his church.
Based on her, one Adamu additionally despatched some message to her husband’s telephone alleging that two outstanding pastors paid him to kidnap the boy.
Bisola additionally added that she had all the time put her wards within the youngsters division however the assertion of the Head of Kids Division, and third defendant, Margaret Oyebola, indicated in any other case.
She famous that her husband by no means informed her he suspected anyone of complicity within the case however a press release by the prophet tendered as exhibit indicated that he suspected the fourth defendant, Grace Ogunjobi, of a foul play over the dissapearance of the kid.
Additionally, the second witness, a pastor in the identical church, Mr Oluwasiji Olaniyi, claimed that all of them prayed within the church in a single day the day the boy went lacking.
Oluwasiji added that the next day, Prophet Babatunde confronted the daddy of the lacking baby and accused him of realizing the whereabouts of his personal son however his spouse received indignant.
Lead prosecutor and Commissioner for Justice within the State, Kolawole Olawoye, nonetheless, mentioned the prosecution wouldn’t tolerate any try and waste the time of the court docket by the defendants with the variety of witnesses lined up.
The decide later adjourned the case till subsequent Monday for continuation.
Prophet Babatunde and different defendants had been later returned to the Nigeria Correctional Service Centre at Olokuta.