The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has rejected the appliance filed to unfreeze the financial institution accounts of Alfa Babatunde, the founding father of the favored Sotitobire Miracle Centre, over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Eniola Gold Kolawole, in his church.
The defence counsel, Barrister Olusola Oke, had filed a movement urging the courtroom to instruct the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to unfreeze the 5 monetary accounts of Prophet Babatunde which was frozen throughout their investigation.
The High Court turned down the request and instantly dominated that the DSS, which froze the account of the prophet, ought to have been placed on discover earlier by the counsel.
Prophet Babatunde and 6 different church members have been 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.
At the resumed listening to of the case, the courtroom admitted as exhibit the attendance register of the church the place it was confirmed that little Eniola’s identify was no 87 on the checklist of registered youngsters in the course of the Sunday service of the church earlier than he was declared lacking.
Also, the courtroom admitted as exhibit, a laptop computer that the DSS recovered from the church media officer containing some video footage of the prophet.
The video allegedly contained two footage the place he was seen talking on the younger boy’s disappearance and his procession with a big crowd on the town after the one-year-old youngster was declared lacking.
The presiding decide, Justice Olusegun Odusola, requested that the footage of the video be performed within the courtroom however the defence counsel kicked towards it, noting that he ought to have been availed the copies of the video too earlier than it might be performed.
The courtroom additionally granted an utility by the prosecution to file extra proof of proof and name contemporary witnesses regardless of objection by the defence that it may have an effect on speedy prosecution of the case.
During cross-examination within the State High Court, Olakunle Adebayo, who can be the seventh witness for the prosecution within the case, instructed the decide that he was the chief of the DSS staff that Investigated the case following some petitions from the House of Assembly and different our bodies.
Adebayo revealed that a few of the church ushers, throughout interrogation, claimed that they noticed some unusual faces who fed the little boy with rice from a nylon bag on the youngsters division in the course of the unlucky Sunday service.
The witness, nevertheless, argued that the lacking boy’s organic mom, Mrs Modupe Kolawole, and aunt couldn’t be linked to the unusual faces as seen by the ushers.
But in a counter-argument, the defence counsel, Barrister Oke faulted the claims that the prophet’s assistant made away together with his telephone.
According to the counsel, the assertion earlier than the key service indicated that the prophet’s telephone was with the Anti- Kidnapping Unit of the Ondo State Police Command.
In his ruling, Justice Odusola adjourned listening to on the plea to take the bail of the defendants until 23rd June 2020. He additionally adjourned the listening to that might open room for the defence of the prophet until the 15th, 16th and 18th of June 2020.
The decide later instructed that the prophet and different accused individuals be remanded on the Olokuta facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service.