South Africa Police – Nigerian Megachurch Pastor Wanted For Numerous Rapes. A Nigerian pastor who has his base in South Africa has been accused of saxually molesting his own church members. Pastor Tim Omotoso, a Nigerian pastor in South Africa has been accused of committing heinous crimes. According to a report by eNCA, a manhunt for the pastor has even begun after he was accused of saxually molesting his congregants. The pastor is accused of molesting more than 30 young girls on the pretext of rescuing them from drugs.
Omotoso, a Nigerian national, is the leader of the Jesus Dominion International in Durban, South Africa.
Several female members of the pastor’s church have come in recent times to accuse him of luring them into his upmarket house in Durban where he proceeded to rape and abuse them. Most of the church’s members are young people, who say he has betrayed their trust.
The Head of Jesus Dominion International ministry who faces a charge of statutory rape and child abuse is expected to hand himself over to the Hawks in Port Elizabeth on Thursday afternoon.
Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says,
“We wanted to arrest him on Friday but we couldn’t, maybe he was tipped that we were in church to arrest him. Since then we had to apply investigative methods, we knew where he was, he knew he was cornered and had nowhere to run, so we made arrangements that he would hand himself over.”
The controversial Nigerian pastor has hired prominent Port Elizabeth defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow to represent him in the face of allegations that he saxually molested young girls at his home in Umhlanga‚ Durban. Griebenow confirmed that he was the pastor’s attorney and that he and defence advocate Terry Price will be meeting with the Hawks on Thursday afternoon in Port Elizabeth. The Hawks are investigating the allegations against Omotoso.
The Nigerian evangelist came under scrutiny after his church featured on current affairs programme Special Assignment on Sunday. The programme spoke to women who claimed that they were lured into performing saxual favours for the pastor.
Griebenow‚ one of Port Elizabeth’s foremost defence attorneys‚ represented the second suspect accused of involvement in the murder of teacher Jayde Panayiotou‚ who was found shot dead after being abducted outside her townhouse in 2015.
Griebenow has represented some high-profile cases‚ such as defending serial killer Stewart “Boetie Boer” Wilkens‚ who was charged with 10 counts of murder and five counts of sodomy in 1997. He also represented a group of alleged mercenaries who were held in Zimbabwe on suspicion of being involved in a planned coup in Equatorial Guinea.
There was speculation that the pastor might hand himself over to the Hawks in Port Elizabeth on thursday afternoon‚ but this could not be confirmed.
Police said in a statement they had made contact with pastor Tim Omotoso through his attorney and his arrest was being arranged. Omotoso has been in hiding, but police are confident he’ll be behind bars soon.