Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 11th 2014 Contents RESHMA RAGOONATH
While Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar says no-one will be blacklisted
for entry into T&T, she remains adamant
that security forces will do what is nec-
essary to ensure public safety.
The Prime Minister made the declaration
on Tuesday night at the Southern Academy
for the Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fer-
nando, as she addressed reporters on con-
cerns raised over a group of Nigerians with
alleged terrorist links who arrived in T&T
Commenting on the flagging of several
Nigerian students as potential threats then,
Persad-Bissessar, head of the National Secu-
rity Council, admitted she was aware of a
letter sent to then National Security Minister
Jack Warner in 2013 advising him of the
security threat the group of 66 posed.
She said at that point the Nigerians, who
were allegedly involved in military action
against the Nigerian government, were
placed under constant monitoring.
"Minister Griffith was then our adviser
with respect to National Security Council
"We kept the police on board... intelligence
sources. Nothing really extraordinary hap-
pened the, so they were under constant
monitoring and we continue to do the same,"
she said after attending the Cedar Grove
Private School s annual Christmas concert.
Persad-Bissessar assured T&T was not
closing its borders to immigrants from Nige-
ria or other African countries as has been
suggested in the wake of the recent depor-
tation of a group of Ghanaians. However,
she said monitoring would be constantly
"We cannot blacklist every person because
of the transgressions of a few. We will have
to do what we have to do to ensure safety
and security," she said, adding that Gov-
ernment "will do all we can to ensure the
safety and security of our citizens."
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One of the coun-
try s leading business
T&T Chamber of
Commerce, has been
named as a facilitator
in what appears to be
The scam, which
calls on people to pro-
vide personal details to
receive large sums of
cash, as part of an inter-
national lottery, is not original.
What is original is the organisation s brazen
response that the T&T Chamber of Commerce had
provided names to be submitted for a "chance lot-
For several months people in T&T have been
receiving letters from the Superlotto Millionario
Commission, which said they had won millions of
The organisation, which has an address in Madrid,
Spain, has a company stamp as well as the signature
of the commission s vice-president Geraldo Rivera
It calls on recipients to contact its international
office assistant lawyer, barrister Torres Martin Fer-
nandez, of De Heritage Security Company, and give
a telephone and fax number.
Evelyn Phillip, a T&T national, received two such
letters in the past month, along with an attached
form to be filled out and mailed to the Superlotto
The T&T Guardian called the phone number,
and a man with what was possibly a Nigerian accent,
who identified himself only as a lawyer, said Phillip
was one of 15 international winners of US$950,000.
The man recited Phillip s address, asking for con-
firmation of her identity, through a reference number
provided on the letter, and then confirmed that she
was from T&T.
He then asked for her to send a copy of her
national ID card, driver s licence and a utility bill
as well as a scanned photo.
When asked how he got Phillip s address, the
man said it was provided by the Chamber of Com-
merce. Asked which Chamber of Commerce, he
said the T&T Chamber of Commerce.
In a 2013 letter to then National
Security Minister Jack Warner, Special
Branch had warned of 66 Nigerian
rebels residing as students in T&T.
The letter, which was highlighted in
the media earlier this week, suggested
that the Nigerians were involved in
military attacks against the Nigerian
government and had stayed close to
one year in T&T as tourism students.
The Nigerians were former
combatants involved in military attacks
against Nigerian state oil installations
in the Niger Delta region. That para-
military action forced the shutdown of
that country's oil production.
The suspected militants reportedly
entered T&T under a government-to-
government arrangement for training
at the T&T Hospitality and Tourism
Institute in partnership with the
National Energy Skills Centre.
However, the T&T Hospitality and
Tourism Institute claimed the allegation
was untrue. (See Page A10)
The Head of the Special Branch had
advised Warner then that the
suspected rebels be sent back to their
country since they posed a serious
T&T Chamber used
in lottery $cam
T&T borders open to Nigerians---PM
Commenting on media reports of public
fear that the suspected Nigerian militants
may still be in the country, the PM said:
"It appears to be persons who were here
for one year, so that one year has expired."
She assured citizens had no reason to be
fearful, especially since the situation was
being dealt with by the National Security
"I do know that there are some other
students who have come and therefore we
continue to monitor those matters to ensure
safety and security," she said.
But in a response to queries on the lottery
yesterday, CEO of the T&T Chamber Catherine
Kumar stated categorically that the chamber was
not in the habit of giving out and had not given
out any personal contact information for its
members or their representatives.
"We would urge people receiving any
correspondence or other communication,
particularly to solicit money, to beware of claims
to that effect," she warned.
"They should not disclose any personal banking
information or transfer funds without due
KUMAR: NOT US
T&T Chamber CEO
School's team leader
Kadesha Magillvery, left,
celebrates with her
schoolmates following their
victory in the Unit Trust
Corporation's 24th School's
Investment Game at UTC's
Independence Square, Port-
yesterday. Making the
presentation is Ian
Chinapoo, right, UTC's
executive director. PHOTO:
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