Pastor Samuel Babatunde, Founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel has been sentenced to life imprisonment over the “disappearance” of a one-year-old toddler, Gold Kolawole from his church.
Justice Olusegun Odusola of the Ondo State High Court handed down the judgement on Tuesday.
Babatunde was jailed alongside five others, having been found them guilty of two-count charge of abduction, aiding and abetting to abduct based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.
The judge further strongly condemned the complicity, compromise, and cavalier attitude of the Ondo State police command after the child got missing which also led to the burning of Sotitobire Church.
Today’s judgement follows months of the trial of Babatunde also known as Prophet Alfa over the missing child.
The one-year-old boy was declared missing on November 10, 2019, during church service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry in the Ondo State capital.
The situation turned violent after news filtered that the corpse of the missing one-year-old was found inside the church premises.
The prophet was then taken into the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) for questioning and eventually arraigned in court.