Missing Toddler: Court Admits Video Recordings As Evidence Against Ondo Prophet

The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure over the case of a one-year-old boy, Eniola Gold Kolawole, declared lacking on the Sotitobire Miracle Centre, on Monday, admitted two video clips as proof towards the founding father of the church, Prophet Alfa Babatunde. 

Operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) introduced the 2 movies earlier than Justice Olusegun Odunsola of the State High Court. 

Adekunle Akanbi, an operative of the DSS, who tendered the movies, advised the court docket that they have been retrieved from the laptop computer of Prophet Babatunde throughout investigations. 

He disclosed that the movies contained an interview with journalists and a procession from Deji of Akure’s Palace to Prophet Babatunde’s Church after Kolawole acquired lacking.

According to him, the 2 movies additionally contained the cleric’s assertion and 5 different defendants within the case who’re beneath interrogation over the case of the lacking little one. 

While being quizzed by DSS operatives in one of many movies relayed within the court docket, Prophet Babatunde confirmed that he advised the dad and mom of the lacking boy to return by means of the appropriate channel and beg so he might pray for the restoration of the boy.

Babatunde mentioned he made the assertion as a result of the dad and mom resorted to carrying placards on the town as effectively went forward to inform the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi Adetoyinbo, that he was not doing something about their lacking son. 

He claimed that he was ministering  within the church whereas the younger boy acquired lacking and that his account was what the ushers within the kids division advised him.

The court docket additionally watched the video recording of the 2nd Defendant, Omolara Olayinka, and adjourned until Tuesday, 16th June. 

However, an try by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye, who led the prosecution, to tender the compact disc (CD) containing the retrieved movies as an exhibit was resisted by lead Defence Counsel, Mr Olusola Oke.

Mr. Oke cited discrepancies within the date on the doc backing the digital merchandise and that on the CD, supporting his arguments with part 84 of the proof act.

He additionally raised some objection when Olawoye sought to tender a CD containing the video recording of DSS interrogation of Prophet Babatunde and 5 different defendants.

Justice Odusola, nevertheless, dominated in favour of the prosecution by accepting all of the CDs as displays. Odusola ordered that every one the content material must be performed within the court docket over the continuing case of the lacking boy. 

Prophet Babatunde and 6 different church members are standing trial on three counts, together with conspiracy to commit felony to wit: aiding and abetting kidnapping, aiding and abetting to kidnap and destroying proof.

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