Pastor confines 3 kids; denies them education

Police in Tema Community 8 have mounted a search for a self-professed pastor who locks up and abuses his three children, while denying them the opportunity to go to school.

Residents say the three children are confined to the home of the pastor, whose identity is yet to be established.

According to them, the self-professed pastor often physically abuses his three boys, one of whom is mentally challenged. The children are aged between 4 and 10 years.

The house, originally meant for a salon, is located in Tema Community 8, which is close to the Lucia Hotel which is popular in the area. It is painted orange, has sliding doors, white-washed burglar-proof protecting the doors.

According to the neighbors, the children for some years now have not stepped foot in a classroom, they constantly remain indoors.

The youngest kid, called Junior, who spoke to Joy News’ Naa Dedei Tetteh through the window that his father said they will be taken to school when they move out of the area. He also confirmed how the father has been subjecting them to severe beatings.

An old lady who wants to remain anonymous corroborated the story of torture being endured by the children. Living close to the family, she said the children are constantly beaten by their father in that home.

She said even though she always feels sorry for the children when they are being beaten mercilessly, she is powerless to intervene.

Her concerns were shared by another neighbor who is convinced the man is in no position to care for the children.

He said the kids have been living in a dehumanizing condition and are treated as though the house is “Nsawam prison annex”.

According to the neighbours, the issue was reported to the Community 8 police about four years ago. The case was referred to the Community 20 Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service but nothing was done about it.

However, today, officials from the Social Welfare Department and some police officers retrieved the children from the house with the father nowhere to be found, Naa Dedei Tettey reported.

The children, she said would be taken to the police station.

An official of the Social Welfare Department said his outfit will establish contact with the father of the kids to ascertain what his challenge is; it could be financial difficulties, he noted.

He described the condition in which the children were in as serious.

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