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Minister Gary Griffith
is maintaining that fig-
ures on the number of
illegal immigrants from
Guayana and those
deported are facts and
He made the com-
ment yesterday in
response to concerns
raised by Guyana s For-
eign Affairs Minister,
kett, about the number
of Guyanese who were
refused entry into this
"The Guyanese min-
ister was free to have her
own perception but the
The Ministry of National Security has signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a
local provider to facilitate the refurbishment and
upgrade of the Immigration Detention Centre
(IDC) to ensure that more detainees do not escape
The move comes even as one of the four
detainees who escaped from the Immigration
Detention Centre last Friday surrendered to the
authorities, while the other three remain on the
Jamaican Jeremy Nelson was taken into custody
immediately after his surrender on Sunday. The
detainee was interviewed and placed in the Seg-
regation Housing Unit pending further investiga-
In a news release on Monday, the ministry said
an all point bulletin had been prepared, updated
and distributed to the T&T Police Service (TTPS),
Immigration Division, National Operations Centre
(NOC) and other law enforcement entities.
"Additionally, a manhunt exercise was launched
by various law enforcement agencies and is cur-
rently ongoing to recapture the remaining
The ministry said the MoU was to ensure the
incident did not re-occur.
The release said the IDC detainees were not
prisoners but were being held until their individual
matters were addressed.
Two days after losing his way on the Saut
d Eau trail in Paramin, a 67-year-old American
visitor was rescued by a crew of the T&T Air
Guard last Thursday.
Phillip Going, who was staying at a guest house
with his wife in Paramin, went for a jog at around
4 pm and lost his way.
According to Senior Superintendent Ishmael
David, head of the Western Division for the T&T
Police Service, Going s dog veered off track and
in following his pet Going too wandered off course.
A missing person report was made at the Mar-
aval Police Station the following morning.
According to a media release from the Ministry
of National Security, four agencies, the T&T Coast
Guard, Air Guard, Police Service and the Fire
Service, deployed search teams.
The same day, Going reportedly heard a hel-
icopter but was unable to signal it for rescue.
Finally, on Thursday, the search and rescue par-
ties resumed their search and around 9.45 am
spotted Going at the edge of an inlet.
As there was no where to safely land the hel-
icopter, one of the Air Guard crewmen, SAC
Bernard, was winched down onto a nearby fishing
The vessel then proceeded to the inlet and
recovered Going, who was winched up to the hel-
icopter and transported for treatment at the Ulric
Cross Air Station at the Piarco International Airport
and subsequently to West Shore Medical, where
he was treated and discharged "with a clean bill
of health" according to Senior Superintendent
Air Guard rescues
Ministry signs MOU to
upgrade detention centre
Persons with information on the
whereabouts of the three escapees can contact
the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) on
667-8571, 667-8037, 386-1622 and 798-1090.
The remaining detainees at large are:
1) Dickey Amada of Grenada
2) Rommel Omar Payne of Barbados
3) Prince Henry Amalu of Nigeria
figures I have released
are based on facts, not
perception. The figures
were given to me by the
and are based on facts,
not perception," Griffith
told the T&T Guardian
in a telephone interview
He said the Guyana
minister was also free to
write to Foreign Affairs
Minister Winston Dook-
eran to get the figures.
In the year end review
of her ministry,
there was a lack of timely
information from Cari-
com states on Guyanese
deportees and entry-
the figures provided by
her country s ambassa-
dor to Caricom, Elisabeth
Harper, showed that 199
Guyanese were refused
entry into T&T in 2010,
compared to 345 refusals
in 2012, 277 in 2013 and
265 in 2014.
Griffith said recently
that an estimated 25,000
Guyanese nationals were
among more than
100,000 illegal immi-
grants living here.
In her review, howev-
er, Rodrigues-Birkett it
was the first time she
had noticed "a release
on the number of per-
sons being deported,
almost as if it s an
achievement." She also
appeared to be a Peter
pays for Paul policy,
where all nationals of her
country are branded for
the mistakes of a few.
She said she had in
fact contacted Foreign
Affairs Minister Winston
Dookeran asking for
tion with respect to the
timely provision of infor-
Deportations upset Guyana minister
Gary: Figures are factual
Two weeks ago, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan told Parliament that the most illegal
immigrants who were deported from this
country in the past four years were Guyanese.
"From 2010 to now, the number one country
concerning deportees from T&T is not the
African continent, or India, it's Guyana."
Ramlogan said Guyanese were the single largest
number of people deported from 2010 to now,
he said that figure was 41.8 per cent of
deportees. The second highest was Jamaica with
18.5 per cent."
Last week, four illegal immigrants escaped
from the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo.
One of them, Jamaican has since surrendered.
Aneesa Balroop, husband Vindra Ramnarine and their six-month-old son Sajid Ramnarine shop for Butterball Turkeys at Massy
Stores, Gulf View, La Romaine, on Tuesday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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