Arrested pastor threatens to sue media
Lawyers for the embattled leader of the Jesus Dominion International (JDI) church Timothy Oluseun Omotoso who is facing allegations of human trafficking and sexually accusing female members of the church say their client is planning to sue the SABC and the eNCA for reporting falsehoods about their client.
Alwyn Griebenow told The Weekly yesterday as they were preparing to present Omotoso to police in Port Elizabeth that their client denied all allegations against him and was going to sue the two broadcasters and other media houses for their biased reporting on the matter.
“The pastor denies all allegations,” said Griebenow in a telephone interview.
“We also don’t understand why one would wait for so long before reporting the matter. Our client wants to sue the SABC and the ENCA as well as other media houses for the way they reported the matter,” he added.
The Nigerian televangelist and senior pastor of the JDI, an interdenominational ministry based in Durban, also has followers in the Free State and other parts of the country.
Word went around during the Easter weekend that the pastor would be arrested during a church service in Bloemfontein but it never happened.
He was eventually arrested yesterday by the Hawks on arrival at the airport in Port Elizabeth. This followed negotiations with the elite crime fighting unit.
Hawks spokesperson in the Eastern Cape Robbert Netshiunda last night confirmed Omotoso’s arrest in the port city.
“We arrested him on arrival at the airport,” said Netshiunda.
“He wanted to hide in the toilets but we arrested him there. He is facing a change of trafficking in persons. He is expected to appear in court on Friday,” he added.