The Ondo State Government has charged Prophet Babtudende Alfa and six other persons to court over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole
Kolawole was declared missing on November 10, during a service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry, Akure.
The boy’s family has accused the Prophet and his church of negligence over the matter, while the latter has also claimed the family threatened him with thugs.
Last week, angry youths burnt down the church after the corpse of a 12-month old baby was allegedly exhumed from its premises.
The charges against the prophet include ‘Conspiracy to commit felony to kidnap’ and ‘aiding the kidnapping’.
One of the other six defendants, Peter Anjorin, was charged with destroying evidence that would have aided the speedy investigation of the matter.
However, in a ruling on Monday, Magistrate Charity Adeyanju noted that the court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to hear the case.
He adjourned the case till January 17, 2020 and ordered the defendants to be remanded in Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure.
Counsel to the defendants, Olusola Oke said there was no evidence presented at the court to prove his clients guilty.
The full list of defendants charged are: Prophet Alfa Babatunde, m, 42; Omodara Olayinka, f, 50; Margaret Oyebola, f, 62; Grace Ogunjobi, f, 56; Motunrayo Egunjobi, f, 24; Esther Kayode, f, 36; Peter Anjorin, m, 31