The Ondo State Police Command has asked the general public to disregard rumours making rounds that the body of missing one year old, Gold Kolawole, was exhumed from the Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure, the state capital.
Earlier today, there was pandemonium in Akure following reports the corpse of a missing one-year-old boy was allegedly exhumed under the altar at Sotitobire Miracle Centre.
It was alleged that the Founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre, Prophet Alfa Babatunde who was arrested by the DSS, confessed that the child was murdered and buried under the church altar.
Following the rumors, some irate youths stormed the church premises, destroyed properties and set it ablaze on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Ondo police command have reacted to the incident, claiming no buried child was exhumed from the church.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the state police command, Femi Joseph, urged the public to disregard the information as false.
“The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public particularly the People of Ondo State that they should disregard the rumours making the rounds that the body of a recently declared missing boy in the state has been exhumed from Sotitobire church in Akure.
It is most unfortunate that this misleading information spearheaded by a popular TV station, has ignited a spontaneous reactions from the people leading to wanton destruction of properties and injuries to many.
The church building was also set ablaze by irate youths. Some of our officers dispatched to the scene to contain the situation were pelted with stones with many of them sustaining injuries.
Their patrol vehicle was also badly damaged. This rejoinder became necessary to disabuse the minds of many Nigerians who might have fallen for this wicked lies and propaganda.
The public should also not be hoodwinked by reports that the command has abandoned the investigation of the incident,as the case file is already on the way to the DPP for legal advice. Notwithstanding this latest incident, more reinforcement has been sent to the scene to contain the situation.”