Sotitobire: Ondo Govt breaks silence on appeal court's judgment

The government of ondo state has reacted to the latest Appeal court judgement, which vindicated Prophet Babatunde Alfa of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel, over the disappearance of baby kolawole gold within the church premises on the 6th of October 2020.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Charles Titiloye, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo state said government would study the judgement acquitting Babatunde Alfa, before deciding on the next step to take.

As reported by Nigerian Cable News, Mr Titiloye spoke on Friday evening in Akure, the state capital.

Asked if the State would proceed to the Supreme Court to appeal the judgment, Mr. Titiloye said that would be too hasty to conclude.

“The court has affirmed that DSS can investigate any case and does not have a jurisdictional problem to investigate a case like this. However, the court has stated that the circumstantial evidence upon which the conviction was based upon at the lower court is not enough to sustain the conviction of the defendants. Our attitude from the state is that we study the judgement and take the proper steps we are supposed to take on the matter.”

Meanwhile, counsel to Prophet Alfa, represented by Akinyemi Omoware, said the court judgement had shown that truth would prevail over falsehood.

“It was held that the appellant was not found culpable of the alleged offence. He is not guilty as pronounced upon by the trial court. We are using this medium to tell the members of the church and the general public that they should rejoice with conscience.

“They should not go out causing problems. They should take it that that is the will of God. We are happy about this,” the counsel said.