South African-based Nigerian pastor, embattled Reverend Timothy Omotosho, who is charged with human trafficking over alleged sexual assault of more than 30 girls , has written to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, claiming he is being maltreated by the South African government.
The Nigerian-born televangelist was arrested, and arraigned in April before a Port Elizabeth court for alleged sexual assault of more than 30 young girls, who are members of his church, Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban.
The court then ordered his detention and adjourned hearing till May 5, 2017.
But in a letter to the federal government, which his lawyer, Samson Newton signed, Omotosho said he is being subjected to torture and psychological punishments in custody.
The letter reads in part: “They made him sleep on the bare floor without a mattress with the cold temperature. Attempts made by the family to give him a blanket just to give him the barest comfort were refused by the prison officials. He has also been denied access to his lawyers and visits from his family.
“This is coming after the respected preacher, who has spent decades in the country, was arrested in commando style by the South African police force and swooped on like a terrorist, fugitive and someone running from the law on April 21, 2017 at Port Elizabeth airport.
“We wonder why he is subjected to such inhumane treatment when the age-long principle of law is that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”