The Founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Samuel Babatunde, also known as Alfa Babatunde, and five others have been sentenced by a High Court in Ondo State to life imprisonment over the disappearance of one-year-old Gold Kolawole in the church.
The one-year-old boy was declared missing on November 10, 2019, during a church service at the children’s section of Sotitobire Praying Ministry located at Oshinle Quarters in Akure, the state capital.
The clergyman was arrested, alongside seven other members of the church, and were arraigned before a magistrate’s court on six counts.
The matter was later transferred to the state High Court.
Delivering his judgment in the case on Tuesday, October 6, Justice Odusola said based on the evidence provided by the prosecution team, the clergyman and the five others were found guilty of two counts of kidnapping, and aiding and abetting to kidnap. He thereafter sentenced them to life imprisonment.