Long wait in the trial of the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Ondo State, Prophet Alfa Babatunde, alongside six others over the disappearance of a 13-month-old boy, Gold Kolawole, may soon be over after the prosecution closed its case yesterday.
Rounding off its case before the presiding judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, the prosecution team led by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kola Olawoye, SAN, called on the ninth witness, who happened to be the last witness on the prosecution’s team.
Olawoye had, at the last court sitting, sought the permission of the court to add more witnesses in the case which was granted.
The witness, Mr. Johnson Adebayo, an operative of the Department of State Service (DSS), told the court that the seventh defendant, Peter Anjorin, falsely claimed ownership of a phone belonging to Babatunde.
Adebayo informed the court that on December 10, 2019, he was directed by the management of the DSS to accompany the seventh defendant to retrieve his personal belongings from the car of Prophet Babatunde but Anjorin went ahead to pick some phones including a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 which was later found out to belong to Babatunde.
He said: “On the 10th December, 2019, I was directed by the DSS to lead the seventh defendant (Peter Anjorin) to the car belonging to Prophet Alfa Babatunde on the basis that he should only pick his own personal property from the vehicle. His lawyer also accompanied us to the car.
“On getting to the car, Anjorin went to the driver’s side and picked about three phones and put them directly in his pocket. He went to the other side and also picked a milk-silver Samsung Galaxy Noted 10 phone.
“When I asked if he was the owner of the phone, he said yes. After that, he left with the lawyer and I reported back to the management of the DSS.
“After about eight days, when I was in my office, the DSS management sent for me and on getting to the interrogation room, I met Anjorin inside the room and I was asked if I can identify one of the phones which happened to be the Samsung phone he picked last from the car.