PM Invites Farley to Security Meeting

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By Prior Beharry

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley invites Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Farley Augustine to a meeting of the National Security Council in Tobago on Tuesday.

A release on Monday from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that Dr Rowley wrote Augustine last Friday inviting him to the meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister, Central Administrative Services Tobago.

The release stated that Dr Rowley travelled to Tobago on Sunday and that Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds and members of the leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will also attend the meeting.

The announcement comes after a triple murder at Black Rock during the wee hours of Monday. Police reports indicated that Anslem Douglas, Gregory Hamlet and Samuel McKain were playing cards along the main road on Black Rock when they were killed.

It was reported that two gunmen pulled up and opened fire on the trio fatally wounding them.

There have been more than a dozen murders in Tobago or the year with Augustine saying that the THA were putting measures in place to deal with the crime situation on the island.

In May, he called on Tobagonians to anonymously report the criminals in their communities.

Augustine had said, “There was a series of shootings in my home village of Speyside with some of this shooting activity happening in the vicinity of my father’s house in Lucyville. I even had my cousin that I grew up with in Speyside and who lives on the same parcel of land as my father picking up a bullet wound by just liming on a Friday night in Speyside.”

He said, “Auntie, granny, nenen, mummy, daddy, whoever you may be, now it is time to maco with a purpose. Pick up the phones and quietly, confidentially report those in our communities who are exhibiting antisocial behaviours.

“Our collective public safety and security dictates that we discharge the social control mandate without giving consideration to who the offender is.”


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