Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State has intervene in the ongoing clash of a missing child in Sotitobire church in Akure. The Governor appealed to everyone and said the matter will be investigated thoroughly.
The Sotitobire Praising Chapel located in the Oshinle area of Akure was set ablaze by some angry youths in protest against the alleged abduction of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, in the church during a Sunday service in November.
At the violence scene, reports gave that three people lost their lives, including a policeman, whose identity has not been revealed. Houses, vehicles and other properties belonging to the church were also burnt.
Some reports gave in statement that the Deji of Akure Land, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo collected a huge sum of money to influence the release of the pastor of the burnt church, Alfa Babatunde but the King said there was nothing like such.
Chief Press Secretary to the monarch Mr Michael Adeyeye, also gave in statement that Oba Aladetoyinbo said he never intervened in the investigation on the matter of the missing child.
He said, “It is on record that the parents of the missing child had protested to the Deji’s palace on Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 seeking the intervention of the monarch to such matter. “Undoubtedly, the Deji quickly intervened and constantly followed up on the case to ensure that justice is served by inviting the general overseer of the Church Alfa Babatunde, the parents of the child and the teachers at the children section. The Deji equally urged security agencies to carry out a thorough and discreet investigation to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the child and bring perpetrators to book.”