[South Africa]–The South African police force has arrested Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso, accused of sexually molesting girls in his congregation.
Mr. Omotoso, who is based in Durban, South Africa, was arrested inside the toilet at the Port Elizabeth Airport shortly after he disembarked from his flight, and has been arraigned in court where he was denied bail and will likely spend 12 nights behind bars, according to South African media.
Reports has said that about eight heavily-armed policemen were in the airport searching for the 58-year old pastor.
“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 Herald reported.
A short video posted on The Herald website shows a handcuffed Mr. Omotoso being dragged away by the policemen, amidst cheers from onlookers.
Meanwhile, the South Africa’s branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the country’s authorities to follow due process in the handling of the case.
CAN, according to a report aired by Channels Television, expressed fears that Mr. Omotoso’s arrest might trigger more anti-Nigerian sentiment in South Africa.
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.
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