An Ondo state high court sitting in Akure yesterday commenced the official trial of the founder of Sotitobire Miracle center, Prophet Alfa Babatunde and six others over the alleged missing one year old boy (Gold Kolawole) in his church, even as the court denied them freedom.
The defendants were all present in court including one Peter Anjorin who was at large when the case was first brought before magistrate court by the DSS.
Prophet Babatunde and others however pleaded not guilty to counts involving aiding kidnapping of the missing child charged against them.
Other defendants are Omodara Olayinka, Margaret Oyebola ,Grace Ogunjobi, Egunjobi Mot
unrayo and Esther Kayode.
All efforts by the counsel for the defendants, Mr Olusola Oke to ensure court granted them bail based on the applications earlier filed were unsuccessful as the the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Grace Olowoporoku told Justice Ayedun Odusola that the defendants counsel filed multiple bail applications that were difficult to replied.
Justice Odusola however asked Mr Oke to fine-tune his bail applications pending the next sitting date so as to commence hearing of the bail application.
He adjourned the case till 16 ,17 and 19 March for next hearing.
The road linking the High court as well as the court premises were filled up with residents who came to watch today’s hearing while security operatives manned the court room where the case was being heard.