Update: DSS arraigns pastor of Akure church over missing baby

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday, December 23rd arraigned Alfa Babatunde, general overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Center, Akure, Ondo state, before a magistrate’s court on two counts of felony and kidnap.

Babatunde was arraigned alongside six others identified as Omodara Olayinka, Margaret Oyebola, Grace Ogunjobi, Egunjobi Motunrayo, Esther Kayode and Peter Anjorin.

The arraignment was in connection with the disappearance of Gold Kolawole, a one-year-old boy, at the church in November.

The mother of the child had dropped him at the creche section of the church but the boy went missing before the end of the programme. Following rumors that the missing child was buried at the church’s altar, aggrieved youth set the church on fire last week.

Femi Joseph, spokesman of the Ondo police command, later said fake news led to the burning of the church. The DSS had earlier arrested Babtunde following a petition on the missing child.

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