Missing child: Deji summons Sotitobire
By Olusola Alatise & KAyode Olabanji
A prominent Pastor and Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Pastor Babatunde Omoemi has been summoned by the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi Ogunlade to his palace following the mysterious disappearance of a one year old boy from the church last Sunday.
Oba Ogunlade, The Hope learnt summoned the Pastor in a desperate attempt to stave off trouble and to unravel the circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance.
The police, The Hope also learnt have arrested two people who attempted to vandalise the pastor’s church.
The boy identified as Eniola Gold Kolawole was declared missing during church service last Sunday.
He was said to be missing at the children department of the church among 200 others present during the service.
The distraught mother of the boy Mrs Modupe Kolawole who said the boy was properly registered for the day’s service said she noticed a strange person in the children’s department who allegedly might have made away with the child.
The agitated parents of the missing boy who joined the church in June this year, was said to have lodged complaints with security operatives in the state.
So, the matter was taken to the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo who invited the founder of the Church, Prophet Alfa Babatunde Samuel for a closed door meeting.
Market women who had thronged the palace for the news went back disappointed as no one talked to the press at the palace.
However, in an interview later, the founder of the church, Prophet Samuel said the news of the missing child was shocking, saying such has never happened in the 12 years of existence of the church.
While saying he could not identify parents of the missing boy, the prophet said the matter had been reported to the police.
The founder of the church who was escorted to the palace yesterday honouring Deji’s invitation, said the matter was a little bit complicated,
He said the fact was yet to be ascertained, saying the place was an open place where everyone comes in and out.
According to him, “some said it was his father who brought the boy to the church while other source said it was his mother, probably one of their relatives or someone else came to pick the child only God knows.”
“Security agencies have started their investigation and they should continue with it and the culprit shall be arrested by God’s grace,” he said.
According to reliable source from the palace. the parents of the missing child would be invited to the palace in order to hear their own part of the matter.
The Hope gathered that the missing boy was brought to the church by his mother, Mrs. Modupe Kolawole, and put him at the children’s department (Creche) where he got disappeared during the service.
According to Mrs. Modupe, a member of the church, her family joined the church five months ago but she had never put her son in the creche center since the boy was still very young.
Adding that, the unfortunate day was the first day she would put him at the creche center because the boy was already a year and one month old but yet to walk.
She added that putting him with his peers at the children’s department, and seeing others walking could inspire him to walk.
“And that day I went back to check on him, I met one of the church ushers feeding him, and I left. But the second time, I went there, I noticed he was missing, raised alarm immediately, I was told to check from the 200 children at the children’ department. And till now, nobody had been apprehended in connection with the incident,” she said.
In a telephone chat with The Hope Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph said though the parents of the boy have not reported the matter, investigations are ongoing.
What matter to Mrs Kolawole now is the recovery of Eniola so that the name of the boy can come to manifest.
This is the second time that young child would be missing within a month in the state capital which observers said called for vigilance.