Mother of missing boy at Sotitobire collapses in court as Alfa Babatunde returns to prison

Mother of the missing boy at Sotitobire Miracle Center, Akure in Ondo State, Modupe Kolawole collapsed in court, while being examined by the state counsel in the ongoing trial of the founder of the church, Alfa Babatunde.

This affected proceedings for some minutes, as court clerks struggled to rescue her, while the state counsel calmed her down.

She was the third principal witness to be examined and cross-examined on the circumstances surrounding her son’s disappearance.

The State Director of Public Prosecution, Grace Olowoporoku accused some senior police officers of shielding Prophet Babatunde from arrest, until intervention of the DSS and after the mother had received many death threats.

While telling the court that her son got missing in the church and the non-challant attitude of authorities concerned about it, Modupe who had earlier insisted on standing, suddenly collapsed from the chair provided for her in the witness box.

This halted proceedings for some minutes, as court clerks came to her aid and the court went on a short break to allow her put herself together.

She later returned to allow the defence counsel cross-examined her.
Argument also broke out among the lawyers on the adminisibility of some video and documentary evidence.

During the cross examination, by the defence counsel, Olusola Oke, the attorney general, Adekola Olawoye took over prosecution after an argument broke out on the adminisiblity of some video and documentary evidence.

The defence counsel including Akinyemi Omoware  however maintained that testimonies of the principal witness are is at variance with her statement with the police and DSS.

He also faulted her claims of the prophet’s alleged complicity in the incident.

After over 8 hours of proceedings, justice Olusegun Odusola adjourned further hearing till the 6th April 2020 to enable the 4 remaining witnesses of the state give their testimonies.

After over 8 hours of proceedings, Justice Olusegun Odusola adjourned hearing till the 6th of April, to enable the 4 remaining state witnesses give their testimonies.