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Omotoso's alleged 'recruiters' expected in PE Magistrate's Court

Nov 23, 2017
Omotoso's alleged 'recruiters' expected in PE Magistrate's Court

While controversial Nigerian televangelist and Senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Tim Omotoso, who has been languishing at St Albans Prison since his arrest in April, launched a bail appeal, two women, aged 28 and 36, will make their first appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate Court on Friday.

According to police information, the two women are alleged to have been responsible for recruiting girls for the 59-year-old Pastor.

"The two suspects were arrested on Tuesday by the Port Elizabeth Hawks trafficking in persons unit," said police spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Feni. 

"It is alleged that the suspects recruited girls all over the country and monitored their movements in the houses were they were being kept. Investigations are still continuing and more arrests are imminent."

Reports have surfaced that one of the women was the actual recruiter while the one groomed the recruited girls.

Omotoso was arrested on 20 April by the Hawks in Port Elizabeth.

He is facing multiple charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act, these include two counts of rape. Some of the alleged victims are as young as 13 years old.

Bid for bail

In September, he lost his second bid for bail in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court. 

During his second bid at bail, he was slapped with an additional five charges for contravening the Immigration Act. This is after it emerged that Omotoso has used five passports to move in and out of South Africa since his first visit in 2001. The court also heard that he was now technically an illegal immigrant.

Charges

In addition to the new charges, Omotoso faces 22 charges relating to sexual exploitation and human trafficking after eighteen more charges were added to the original four. He is alleged to have sexually abused several young women at his church in Umhlanga, Durban, under the pretext of healing them.

The disgraced man of cloth was arrested on the 20th of April by the Hawks shortly after he landed at the Port Elizabeth International Airport after evading arrest for days after the scandal came out. Rumours had made rounds that he had already skipped the country.

At the airport, he had apparently tried to avoid arrest by first lying about his flight's arrival time then hiding in public toilets at the airport when he found armed officers waiting for him.

He has been waiting for his trial at St Albans Prison after his first bail application failed.

Consequently, his wife, Taiwo, appointed a new legal team and set in motion a new bail bid.

However, the court found that the new legal team had not presented any new facts to warrant bail.