Statement from Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on National Security
As I reported last night the government is in full control of the security situation following yesterday’s public disorder.
I am overseeing national security operations and seeing this process through.
During the past 24 hours the Agencies of the Ministry of National Security in conjunction with the National Operations Centre (NOC) have conducted a series of Road Blocks, Stop and Search Exercises and surgical strikes based on intelligence and information gathered in relation to yesterday events. Persons have been detained and interviewed and the Protective Services are confident of an early break through. Those charged can expect to face the full weight of the law.
I would like to thank the public for their support and understanding and to assure them that all effort is being made to recapture the two fugitives still at large. The airports and sea ports have been placed on high alert in the event persons of interest attempt to leave this jurisdiction and members of the public are asked to treat those on the run as armed and very dangerous. Anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant, should come forward as it could lead us to the fugitives. The public can call 555, 999, or 800-TIPS.
I also wish to commend the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for their diligent work in the ongoing investigation of the murder of Dana Seetahal, SC, and note that today, 11 people have been charged in that case. I have every confidence in the ability of the country’s national security agencies to bring this and other ongoing investigations to a resolution.
I had hoped to attend the Queen’s Park Oval this evening to cheer on the Red Steel. I am very proud of their performance so far in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20. I wish them the very best of luck tonight.
My duty to the people of Trinidad and Tobago is to oversee and manage the procedures and measures we are taking in the wake of the public disorder.
Our citizens should remain calm. Your government is full control and is taking all appropriate steps.
I will update you with further information on this situation as soon as I can.