Thursday, 19 December 2019

Church Set Ablaze Over Missing Boy in Ondo, Motorcyclist, Policeman Feared Killed

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Reaction over disappearance of a one-year-old boy Gold Kolawole who was reported missing from a church known as Sotitobire miracle centre in Ondo state capital had attracted protest from youths within that vicinity which led to burning down of the church yesterday

Youths from the town were said to have mobilized to the church situated at Oshinle Quarters, Akure, and destroyed the church auditorium, setting the building and property worth millions of naira on fire.

An Eyewitness told urban Express News-online correspondent that a police officer and a commercial motorcyclist were feared killed during the pandemonium
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 The policeman was said to have been killed by a mob at the scene of the incident while the motorcyclist was allegedly shot dead by a stray bullet from policemen deployed to the scene to put the situation under control.
Journalists were also not speared as three reporters were said to have been assaulted by worshipers who were trying to defend the church and its founder.
The trouble began when unconfirmed news spread like wildfire that the body of the missing boy was exhumed from the church’s altar. This led to a mob gathering in front of the church and calling for the founder, who had weeks earlier been picked up by officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS) for investigation. Canisters of tear gas were fired to disperse the rampaging protesters who burnt down the church.
A Call put through to the public relation officer, Femi Joseph, a Deputy Superintendent of police to confirm the eyewitness account which claimed a policeman was feared dead was not responded too  as at the time of filling this report
The sudden disappearance of young Kolawole had generated a lot of controversy since his mother, Mrs Modupe Kolawole, could not find the boy at the Children Church, where she kept him with the caregivers on November 10, 2019.
After four weeks, the DSS waded into the matter and whisked away from the founder of the church, Prophet Alfa Babatunde, alongside nine caregivers who took custody of the boy, for investigations.
The Urban Express News-online gathered that the prophet, who was accused of using the boy for rituals by parents of the missing kid was led to the church by the DSS yesterday morning.
According to an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, the security team got to the church while some members of the church were holding Morning Prayer session.
“We heard that one of the caregivers who was arrested had confessed to the offence. They brought Sotitobire in when some of his church members were praying and he (the founder) pointed to where the boy was buried behind the altar.
The baby boy was brought out to the astonishment of everyone in the church, and members that were praying secretly deserted the church. The way the body was brought out showed the boy was buried alive.”
He disclosed that the news spread across the metropolis like wildfire as people gathered in their hundreds to destroy the church and eventually set it ablaze.
Another source recounted that the boy was found half-dead on the altar of the church during the service, which did not stop, to the chagrin of people around who wanted to begin a protest.
She mentioned that while a zealous police officer made efforts to quell the uprising, he shot accidentally at a victim in the crowd and killed him on the spot. This, according to her, was the immediate cause of the arson.
“That was the major genesis of the crisis. The police officer was killed by the mob and was set ablaze alongside his police van and AK 47 rifle.”

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