Pastor Alfa Babatunde, the founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Ondo State capital on Tuesday, December 19, has dragged the State Security Services, DSS, to the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, over his arrest and detention by the security agency.
According to him, his arrest and detention was illegal and infringement on his fundamental human rights.
Newsflash247 had earlier reported that the church was burnt down by some angry youths following the alleged discovery of a grave where one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, was buried.
His lawyer, Yemi Omoware, in a suit filed on behalf of the pastor, sought the order of the court to release him from the custody of the security agency.
Joined as respondents in the suit are: the State Security Service, Director-General State Security Service, Mr Emmanuel Anaobi, Mr Isaac Babalola and Mr Remi Oluwalogbon.
The suit sought an order ”enforcing the fundamental rights of the applicant to liberty and dignity of the human person which rights were violated by the respondents.”
The applicant also sought an order ”restraining the respondents, their agents, servants, subordinates and or any person(s) taking instructions from them whatsoever/ whosoever from engaging in any further acts of arrest, detention and violation” of his right to liberty and or dignity of the human person.”
According to the suit, “A N100 million as aggravated damages against the respondents jointly and severally for the violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant,” was sought.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that Irate youths in Akure, Ondo State capital on Wednesday, December 18, has burnt down Sotitobire Miracle Church after the corpse of a one-year-old boy declared missing in the church was allegedly exhumed.
Newsflash247 has not been confirmed that the body of the child was found in the church.
Gold Kolawole, the baby, was declared missing last month during a church service.
According to sources within the church, the boy who was at the children’s department of the church could not be found after the service.
Modupe Kolawole, mother of the child and member of the church, said she suspects foul play in the disappearance of her son.
Alfa Babatunde, founder of the church, was arrested following the incident, and he has been in the custody of the DSS.
He was arrested based on a petition written by the parents of the missing child.