Missing Toddler: Court Fails To Grant The Ondo Prophet Bail, Remains In Custody

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The founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Akure, Ondo State, Babatunde Alfa, has been sent back to prison custody after failing to secure a bail in the case of a missing one-year-old boy, Eniola Gold Kolawole.

The little boy had on 10th November, 2019 went missing during a Sunday service held at the church located at the Oshinle Quarters, Akure.  The Prophet was remanded by the Chief Magistrate Court, Oke Eda, on Friday 17th January, 2020 at the resumed hearing of the case of the missing boy. 

The prophet was docked alongside six other members of his church. The members include Omodara Olayinka, Egunjobi Motunrayo, Esther Kayode, Grace Ogunjobi, Margaret Oyebola.

Another suspect, Peter Anjorin is said to be at large after being accused by prosecution of tampering with evidence relating to the case.

On 23rd December, 2019, the Department of State Services (DSS) had dragged Alfa and the six other suspects to court after spending two weeks in custody.

They were earlier accused for six counts bordering on felony, conspiracy and aiding the abduction of the toddler at the headquarters of the church.

At the court on Friday, 17th January, 2020, Director of Public Prosecution hinted of an application for bail on the case at the court after it was agreed that the magistrate had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Barrister Olusola Oke, counsel to the defendant, had argued that there are no evidences linking the prophet to the offences relating to the case.

The Chief Magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, In her ruling, ordered that the prophet and the other suspects be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre until 5th February, 2020 pending the hearing on notice of the case at the High court.

Read also: DSS To Charge Suspects To Court In the Case Of Missing Ondo Boy

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