Nigerian 'sexpest' pastor claims he's being treated 'inhumanely' behind bars in SA

04 May 2017 - 16:21 By TMG Digital
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A Nigerian televangelist who is accused of grooming young girls for sex claims he is the victim of inhumane treatment by authorities in South Africa.

The controversial pastor’s bail hearing resumed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The court heard allegations that he had recruited as many as 25 young women and girls‚ some as young as 13‚ from around the country to take part in sexual acts. The alleged victims attended his church.

  • 'Sex pest' pastor's bail hearing stalls as cop checks statementsA controversial pastor's bail hearing resumed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning‚ with the court hearing sordid accusations of how he and his “henchwomen” allegedly recruited girls as young as 13 to take part in sexual acts with him. 

The 58-year-old‚ who is a father of three‚ is head of a Durban-based church. He is facing human trafficking and sexual violence charges.

The Guardian newspaper in Nigeria reported that he had sent a letter‚ signed by his lawyer‚ to Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs‚ Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim‚ complaining about his arrest and detention.

The letter complained that he was arrested “commando style by the South African police force and swooped on like a terrorist” at the airport in Port Elizabeth.

  • Controversial 'sex pest' pastor to appear in courtTensions were high at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court ahead of the appearance of a controversial pastor for his formal bail application on Wednesday. 

“They made him sleep on the bare floor without a mattress with the cold temperature. Attempts made by the family to give him a blanket just to give him the barest comfort were refused by the prison officials‚” said the letter.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that the pastor was struggling to deal with his incarceration.

“He is not doing very well. He is not allowed to shave and only his wife and his lawyers are allowed to visit him. Members of the church are not allowed to visit him. Every time we query this we are told that it is on the instructions of the Hawks‚” said his attorney‚ Alwyn Griebenow.

  • Cops want 'rapist pastor' kept in jailPastor Timothy Omotoso has been barred from shaving behind bars, and is allowed visits only from his wife and his lawyer - this as police uncover evidence which will be used to oppose bail. 

The pastor was arrested after details about his alleged activities with young women were revealed by the SABC’s Special Assignment.

TimesLIVE has not named him as he is facing sexual offence charges and can only be named once he has pleaded to those charges.