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The Court of Appeal in Akure has reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Babatunde Alfa.

Mr Alfa and give others were sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Akure over one-year-old Gold Kolawole, who was stolen from the church in 2019.

The popular prophet went to the Appeal Court to quash the sentence, pleading his innocence in the case.

It will be recalled that the case suffered a number of setbacks following attempts by the police the muddle it up until it was taken over by the State Security Services.

The Akure community had also reacted violently by burning the prophet’s church located at Oshinle, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Parents of the child accused the project of masterminding the kidnap of the child in November 2019, having made attempt to frustrate searches during the incident.

Olusegun Odusola, the learned justice, in his judgement convicted the defendants having found them guilty of the two-count charge of kidnapping and aiding and abetting to kidnap based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.

Others who were found guilty of the offence are members of his church, namely, Omodara Olayinka, Margaret Oyebola, Grace Ogunjobi, Motunrayo Egunjobi, Esther Kayode and Peter Anjorin.

At the Appeal Court on Monday, the presiding Justice, Rita Nosakhare Pemu, after listening to all the arguments of both parties reserved judgement to a date that would be communicated to all parties.

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