The Ondo State High Court has sentenced Prophet Babatunde together with 5 others to life imprisonment on Tuesday, October 6, regarding the disappearance of a child in his church.
The child, Gold Kolawole who got missing on November 10 was one-year-old as at the time of his disappearance in the church.
Justice Olusegun Odusola convicted the defendants, Prophet Babatunde, who is the founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Akure, Ondo State, alongside 5 others have been found them guilty of the two-count charge.
The two-count charge was said to be kidnapping and aiding and abetting to kidnap based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.
Meanwhile, Justice Odusola condemned in strong terms the complicity, compromise and lackadaisical attitude of the Ondo State Police command after Kolawole went missing, an incident that led to the burning of the church.
The child was said to have gone missing during a church service in the children’s section after his mother, Modupe Kolawole dropped him there on that fateful day.
Following the petition by parents of the missing child, Prophet Babatunde was arrested on December 10, 2019, by the Department of the State Services (DSS).
As at the time of compiling this report, the missing boy is yet to be found.