Drama at MoBay church as cops remove three minors

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Drama at MoBay church as cops remove three minors

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Attempts by members of Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) to remove three children from the Qahal Yahweh compound in Paradise Gardens, St James were stoutly resisted by members of the congregation Tuesday afternoon.

"The CISOCA team and the CDA went in to extract three minors from the premises . They met up on strong resistance from the occupants," OBSERVER ONLINE was told by a senior police source.

According to the police source, members of CISOCA and the CPFSA went to the premises following reports of child abuse, abduction of children, among other alleged atrocities carried out by members of the church against children.

"The occupants of the premises have children who don't attend public school, they are schooled on the premises and are sometimes allegedly beaten after being accused of demon possession," the senior police officer told OBSERVER ONLINE.

"They are also accused of forcibly marrying off the children as soon as they reach the age of 16."

Upon arrival members of CISOCA and CPFSA team, the church members prevented them from entering the premises and reinforcement had to be called in.

The situation was reportedly stabilised upon the arrival of the reinforcement team that was summoned.

The three children were subsequently removed from the premises and one man was arrested for assaulting the police.

--Horace Hines

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