Port Elizabeth – Disgraced Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso appeared briefly in Newlaw magistrate court on Wednesday.
The state argued that the case should be postponed for further investigation in December. However, the investigation is for the centralisation of the cases pending against Omotoso. The Magistrate agreed to wait on the National Director of Public Prosecution to merge the cases against Omotoso next month.
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 Nigerian pastor was arrested on the 20th of April by the Hawks shortly after he landed at the Port Elizabeth International Airport. He had been 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.
The court case is postponed to the December 5th.