Families wail, cry as wards spend Christmas, New Year with Prophet Alfa in prison (Photos) - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Families wail, cry as wards spend Christmas, New Year with Prophet Alfa in prison (Photos)

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The atmosphere of the serene environment of Oke-eda magistrate' Court, Akure, the Ondo State capital was on Tuesday that of wailing and cries of agony as family members watched their wards taken to the Olokuta Correctional Center.

The youths, 13 in number were ordered to be remanded in prison custody for their alleged involvement in the burning of Prophet Alfa Babatunde's church known as Sotitobire Miracle Centre.

Families of the accused persons who could not hold back their tears during the sitting had converged on the court premises as early as 8 am.

Mothers, wives, siblings were seen rolling on the floor as the cried and shouted of their affected relations innocence in the issue.

The church was set ablaze last Wednesday following an unconfirmed report that the corpse of a one-year-old boy declared missing in the church was exhumed from the church Altar.

The suspects will be joining Prophet Alfa Babatunde who was remanded on Monday in the prison custody till January 3, 2020, for further hearing.

The suspects were arraigned before Magistrate Charity Adeyanju On a six-count charge of murder of a policeman killed during the fracas, arson, theft, and vandalism.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Femi Joseph said the command will leave no stone unturned to get to the root of the matter.

Three persons were reported to have been killed while cars and houses were also destroyed during the incident.

It would be recalled that the Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Prophet Alfa Babatunde was remanded at Olokuta prisons by the same Ondo State Magistrate court sitting at Oke-Eda Akure.

He will subsequently spend and celebrate Christmas and New Year celebrations in the prison.

He will be there till January 15, 2020, the next adjourned date.

Alfa Babatunde, the founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre burst into tears as he was moved out of the court into the black maria.