Sotitobire: Parents of the missing child were reluctant to take oath at the palace- Deji’s personal assistant
The Traditional Personal Assistant to the Deji of Akure, Chief Taiwo Fagite said the parents of the missing child did not initially make themselves available for oath taking at the palace after reporting the case at the palace
Fagite is the 4th witness for prophet Babatunde Alfa in his ongoing trial at an Ondo state high court in Akure over the dissapearance of gold Kolawole In November last year.
He was subpoenaed by the court for clarification.
He alleged that parents of the missing boy were not forthcoming after they reported the incident until there were made to swear to an oath at the Deji’s palace alongside 14 teachers in the church.
He said the Deji of Akure upon being briefed on the incident summoned both prophet Babatunde and the boy’s parents but only the Cleric showed up.
Chief Fagite said days later, the parents and 14 children teachers later came to swear to a traditionally oath at the Deji’s palace.
While being cross examined, chief Fagite admitted that the prophet during his first visit to the palace came with a popular Akure youth leader, Ade basket as well as a senior police officer.
The 5th defence witness, Evangelist Funmilayo Ogunlusi, a cleric in the church said they had a vigil the day the incident occurred and a 9 day fasting and prayer by the ministers for the recovery of the child.
After the cross examination of the fifth witness, the lead Defence counsel, Olusola oke told the court that he would not be calling the earlier slated 6th witness to avoid repitition of facts as well as asked for an adjournment to enable him attend to his health.
The attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Adekola who frowned at what he called the slow pace by the Prosecution however did not oppose the defense’s position. hearing has been adjourned to the July 14 2020 by Justice Olusegun Odusola following an application by the lead Defence counsel, Olusola oke over ill health after calling the 5th witness.