Montague says sorry for ‘obeah man’ comment
Almost a year after what he now calls a flippant comment, National Security Minister Robert Montague on Tuesday said sorry for the offence his ‘obeah man’ statement has caused.
“This minister don’t fraida unnu, my uncle is an obeah man,” Montague had said last year while warning criminals that he would be relentless in pursuing them.
But speaking in the House of Representatives Tuesday, Montague said the comment was meant to be a joke, noting that many persons were not amused.
“They were offended and rightly so. I want to apologise for the remark and the offensiveness it has caused and to give the assurance and publicly state that I am not into devil or evil worship in no way shape or form,” he said.
He further reported that over the past couple months, the police have discovered “a most disturbing trend” of ‘altars’ to facilitate devil worship in many places where raids have been conducted.
“This is a most dangerous trend and the clergy is also disturbed by it,” Montague said.
“The savagery, the brutality and horrific nature of some crimes point to sacrifices to these evil forces,” Montague told Parliamentarians.
He also said the Government was monitoring very closely, the situation in which juveniles are figuring prominently across Jamaica either as perpetrators or victims of crimes.
Last year, 78 teenagers were arrested for shooting, 148 for illegal possession of a firearm, and 63 for robbery with aggravation.