It was a starling scene at a South African airport on Thursday as the nation’s police arrested a Nigerian pastor, Tim Omotoso, accused of sexually molesting over 30 girls in his congregation.
The 58-year-old Omotosho, the senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International, an interdenominational ministry, based in Durban, who was arrested inside the toilet at the Port Elizabeth Airport shortly after his flight landed, was arraigned in court on Friday and was denied bail.
According to South African newspaper, The Herald, he is likely to spend 12 nights behind bars.
It is understood that the miracle worker, who cures the sick, reforms criminals and lives like a rock star in one of South Africa’s richest suburbs, had arrived Port Elizabeth airport around 3 pm from Durban where his church is situated.
“Within minutes of the first passengers disembarking, police rushed on to the tarmac. But Omotoso was seen walking into the toilets minutes earlier, accompanied by a woman,” the paper said.
The police alleged that Mr. Omotoso over the years trafficked about 30 young girls from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal where he allegedly exploited them sexually.
It was further gathered that he allegedly handpicked the girls and instructed them to live in his house where they were forced to have unprotected sex with him.
Meanwhile, he appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday where his case was postponed to May 3.
Mr. Omotoso, who is the founder of a 24-hour satellite TV station, Ancient of Days Broadcasting Network (ADBN), which is aired across the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Europe and the United States, is married and has three children.