April 20 2017 – A NIGERIAN pastor, Tim Omotso, who allegedly sexually exploited more than 30 girls tried to play hide-and-seek with police , when he arrived at Port Elizabeth Airport on (today) Thursday where he was to be arrested by the Hawks.
Amidst high drama, the 58 year old pastor from a Durban based church was arrested at PE Airport, facing on charges of human trafficking.
The controversial pastor also runs churches in PE, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and in the UK.
According to an eyewitness, who did not want to be named, police initially ran through arrivals doors looking for the Omotso but only found him hiding in the toilets.
Omotso is being represented by well-known Port Elizabeth attorney Alwyn Griebenow, who was also at the airport and prominent PE lawyer Terry Price was also present at the airport.
Omotso who was was dressed in flashy sunglasses and a brightly coloured checked blazer later arrived at the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) offices flanked by police officials.
Hawks Spokesperosn, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda, confirmed the incidient saying Omotso was actually meant to to hand himself over to the Hawks, but decided not to.
“We got information that his flight was delayed but we could not take that at face value and went to the airport only to find out that the flight was on schedule,” said Netshiunda.
Netshiunda says Omotoso was charged with human trafficking and said that additional charges might be added.
Meanwhile, a group of women gathered outside the Hawks offices on Friday in support of victims they say had been roped in by “pimps” belonging to the pastors church.
Pamella Mabini said they were supporting more than 30 women who were “raped” and “sexually exploited” by the pastor.
“On our WhatsApp group there are more than 70 women, some are victims and some women are supporting these victims. We try to encourage people to come forward but they get threatened,” she said.
Mabini claimed that some girls were “raped” and “molested” as far back as from 2002.
“Some of them are scared to come out because they are getting threatened by the members of that church,” she said.
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 sexual favours for the pastor.
He is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday. –ANA