Timothy Omotoso, who stands accused of rape and human trafficking, is enjoying a cushy life behind bars. He still preaches to his congregants by using a cellphone and reportedly gets a lot of special treatment.
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According to reports, Timothy Omotoso is still preaching to his congregants despite being behind bars.
He addresses his congregants at church using his cellphone to make conference calls, according to a report by News24.
The televangelist is in prison facing rape charges but still continues to live a relatively good life.
Not only does Omotoso have a cellphone, but he also enjoys privileges and preferential treatment.
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Members of Omotoso's church confirm that he still preaches to his congregants, and did so since shortly after his arrest 2 years ago.
One woman said she attended a service in East London and saw the people bowing down but never saw Omotoso.
I had heard about this pastor and decided to visit the church because it was still open. When I got to [the church in] East London, he called. They bowed down kodwa abamboni [they couldn’t see him]. It looked as if they were worshipping him by listening to his voice.
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Sources from within St Albans prison say that Omotoso receives special treatment.
He has exclusive special visiting sessions when his people come to visit; all other visitors are kept at the gate waiting area until he is finished with his extended visitation.
Omotoso gets 2-hour visits where other inmates get only 30 minutes.
There was even an incident in which wardens got hurt after inmates grew tired of this special treatment.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Omotoso has a closet full of fancy clothes that he wears when he appears in court.
The acting regional commissioner of the Eastern Cape Correctional Services Department, Noziphiwo Dumbela, says they are unaware of Omotoso having connection to internet.
I will look into the matter and investigate these allegations extensively because they are very serious and work against our goals and commitment as a department.
I will investigate all the matters you have raised and appropriate action will be taken against any individuals or collective arrangements done by our staff at the centre in question.
Omotoso and his two co-accused face 63 charges and 34 alternative charges, including rape, sexual assault and racketeering.
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