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Influential Nigerians Trying To Effect Release Of Ondo Pastor Arrested Over Missing Child In Church – DSS

Valentine Chinyem

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Sequel to the arrest of founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, Ondo State, Pastor Alfa Babatunde, by operatives of the Department of State Services, over a child who reportedly went missing in his church.

Some high-profile Nigerians have been said to be trying to influence his release from the custody of the agency, a source has revealed.

The source said the top politicians and traditional rulers in the state, have been pressuring the agency to allow the cleric go.

It will be recalled that the cleric was arrested following a petition by parents of the one-year-old boy, Eniola Kolawole, who went missing at the crèche section of the church during a service on November 10, 2019.

The source said, “He (Pastor Alfa) is still with us in Akure and has been allowed access to his lawyer.

“Some traditional rulers and politicians have been sending emissaries and trying to lobby top officials of the DSS to release the cleric based on recognition.

“Investigation is ongoing and we may invite other top officials of the church for interrogation.”