Nigerian’s Prophet Alfa Sentenced to life imprisonment over missing one-year-old boy

A High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital in Nigeria has sentenced the Founder of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Babatunde Alfa to life imprisonment over the mysterious disappearance of a child from his church.

The High Court judge Justice Olusegun Odusola passed the verdict on Tuesday following a series of court appearance.

Reports indicated that the little boy was abducted during the church service at the children section of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, located at Oshinle Quarters in Akure, the state capital on November 10, 2019 by an unknown person when his mother attended the church service that Sunday morning.

She reportedly took her boy to the crèche section of the church on the advice of the church administration but didn’t find the child when she went back to collect him after the church service was over.

The mother of the missing child, Mrs Kolawole claimed she was warned against reporting the matter to police when she presented the issue to the founder of the church, Alfa Babatunde, who had promised to ensure the child was found.

Report by Punch News revealed that the mother accused the prophet for aiding in her son’s disappearance when weeks passed with no trace of her child and when reported to police, the police begun investigation and took the founder of the church into custody over the matter for question together with various other members of the church.

In spite of the moves by the security agencies to located the missing child, all yielded nothing and angry mob attacked and razed the church following rumours that the body of the missing child had been exhumed from the church’s altar which were debunked by the police as fake news.

The Prophet and the other six church members had been on trial for months since the child’s mysteriously disappearance and the court on Tuesday October 6 found Prophet Babatunde Alfa guilty on a two-count of conspiracy as well as aiding and abetting kidnapping based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.

The 7th defendant was however discharged and acquitted after the prosecution counsel could not prove any case against him.

The presiding Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, also accused the police of complicity in the entire episode.

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