Ondo high court in Akure has sentenced the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, prophet Babatunde Alfa and five others to life imprisonment over last year’s disappearance from the church of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole.
Justice Olusegun Odusola sentenced the defendants to life in prison after finding them guilty of the two-count charge of kidnapping and aiding and abetting to kidnap based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution.
Justice Odusola also accused the police of complicity in the entire episode.
The prophet and other defendants had been on trial for months after the one-year-old mysteriously vanished from the church’s children’s department during a Sunday service in November last year.
The child’s parents accused the founder of the church, prophet Alfa, of foul play in the mysterious disappearance of their son.
Former Pension Chairman, Maina, Arrested In Niger Republic
Fugitive former chairman of the Pension Reform Task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been arrested in Niger Republic by Nigeria’s intelligence service and anti-corruption agents. A top intelligence officer told the media this was possible because of the existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the two countries.
Maina faces a twelve-count money laundering charged filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC that says Maina had used his company to launder about two billion naira. The anti-graft agency also charges that Maina had used part of the illegal proceeds to acquire properties in Abuja.
Maina jumped bail, causing the detention of senator Ali Ndume who had stood as a surety for him. Ndume was freed on Friday.
Nigeria Real Estate Experts Call On FG To Provide More Affordable Housing To Cushion Effects Of Recession
Nigeria is currently in a recession that is described as the worst in nearly forty years. So many economic activities and lifestyles will be disrupted as a result. So, real estate experts in the country are calling on the federal government to invest in rural and urban housing development to support the nation’s economic growth.
They say such an investment would help Nigeria succeed in its efforts to reverse the current recession.
The association says the coronavirus pandemic would be compounded by the recession. During the second Jakande housing lecture series in Lagos, association president, Dr. Aliyu Wamakko, pointed out the unsuitability of the quality of housing infrastructure in Nigeria, where residents have no access to hygienic sanitation facilities and to water.
He said these had made an impact during the coronavirus lockdown when people were required to wash hands regularly. He wondered how this would have been possible in inadequate shelter that lacked requisite infrastructure, including water, to wash hands.
He called on the government to concentrate on stimulating the economy through massive housing construction and infrastructure development.
Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Were Not Given Permission – Buhari’s Aide, Garba Shehu
Contrary to its statement, the Nigerian presidency appears to have blamed the victims of the Borno killings for their own deaths. In a BBC interview on Monday, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the 43 farmers killed by Boko Haram on Saturday did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when they were attacked and killed by Boko Haram. He said his remarks were not to blame the victims but to tell the truth.
Reactions around the country are that the statement actually confirmed the opposite.
Shehu said much of the area had been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists, but a number of locations have not been cleared for displaced villagers to return. He said this means the settlers and farmers must ensure the areas are cleared by the military before resuming activities there.
Many comments questioned whether the government had put in place awareness programs that instructed villagers and farmers on which areas to avoid.