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AND RHONDOR DOWLAT
Enterprise imam, Morland
Muakyil Abdullah, whose son
was gunned down on Wednes-
day, is calling for the urgent
intervention of Central Division
head Senior Supt Johnny Abra-
ham and his officers in the
"We want Johnny Abraham
and Inspector Terrence Williams
to deal with it urgently," Abdul-
lah said in an interview yesterday
at his Crown Trace mosque.
Asked if it was an explosive
situation, the Imam replied:
"Some brothers are not pleased
about it (his son s killing).
Abdullah s sons---Aqyil Lynch,
25 and Ackmal Lynch, 22---were
shot by masked men at a con-
struction site in Charlieville on
Akmal died and was buried
hours after. Aqyil was hospi-
talised but released yesterday
with a bullet lodged in his leg.
He sat on a wheelchair, the
injured leg in a cast, in the
mosque downstairs the family s
home. Close relatives and mem-
bers of the mosque sat around
quietly. "I am trying to hold on,"
Abdullah said he has been
asking members of his mosque
to raise their hands in prayer
over the matter.
He also said he has received
several calls from people who
said they were ready to do what-
ever it took to seek revenge.
However, Abdullah pleaded
with them to "hold their hands
to such an act."
"Listen, the youths who are
giving trouble are all Muslims
and there is a lot of respect out
here for Imam Abu Bakr and I
will be thankful if he should
really come in here and help me
out in the fight for the restora-
tion of peace and law and order
back in the Enterprise commu-
nity again," Abdullah said.
"I used to walk the streets at
2 am but I can t do that no more.
Gone were the days when people
never had fear to come into the
area. We need this again," he
He said: "We take we licks. I
have to practise what I preach.
I have been asking the young
men in the area to throw away
their guns. We want the law to
deal with this."
Abdullah added, however, that
people did not always listen to
their leaders. "We might say
hold your hands but some might
say they can t," he noted.
He said Akmal was well loved
and respected in the Enterprise
Asked if the killing of his son
was a reigniting of recent gang
rivalry in the area, he said it may
have stemmed from a domestic
"My son and his former wife
had problems. Akmal had a dis-
pute with a guy. I want to believe
that s where it came from. My
son does not drink, gamble, do
drugs. It wasn t no gang thing,"
Abdullah said shortly after the
dispute between his son and the
other man, the Imam of another
mosque in the area came to see
him on Eid.
"He said my son lash the guy
and he wanted us to have a
mashura (meeting) to settle the
"I went the Sunday but didn t
go Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday morning my son
Morland said he was the
owner of Abu s Grill House on
the Southern Main Road, Enter-
prise, and also runs a security
He said he was the man who
found Chaguanas pilot Azad
Niamat, after he was kidnapped
The T&T Guardian visited the
mosque of the imam who visited
Abdullah before his son s death.
A young man stationed at the
front said he was not there.
Contacted on his cell, the
imam said he would not speak
to the media anymore since he
was misquoted in a previous
Johnny Abraham, driving
through Enterprise with Inspec-
tor Williams yesterday, said he
was going all out to find out
who killed Akmal. He said he
was not taking anybody s word
as to the cause of the murder
but would try to find out for
"The police are working on
several different theories," he
He said despite all the media
focus on crime in Enterprise,
the truth was that there were
only two murders in the area for
the year, so far, and 18 shootings.
He said additional officers had
been deployed to patrol the area
since Akmal s murder. "We don t
want no reprisal killing," he said.
The murder of prisons officer Andell Primus
could have been avoided if Government had taken
the necessary precautions to assist in the protection
of off-duty prisons officers, says president of the
Prisons Officers Association Cerron Richards.
He said so while speaking to the media following
Primus s funeral, held near his Enterprise home yes-
It was held at the Enterprise Bibleway Church,
Chaguanas. He was buried at Longdenville public
Primus was shot dead and thrown out of a moving
car at Red Hill, Morvant, last week Saturday, sparking
fears among T&T s prisons officers.
The killing followed death threats against prisons
officers from inmates after a near riot at the remand
facility at Golden Grove Prison last month.
"It is always a sad day when we have to bury an
officer. We believe that this should not have happened.
We will remain steadfast in challenging the State
regarding the treatment of officers safety," Richards
Primus was one of two prisons officers shot within
a matter of days. His former colleague Otis Johnson
was shot after leaving work at the Frederick Street
Prison on Sunday night. He is still hospitalised.
Police have not indicated whether the shootings
were linked to threats from prisoners against the
lives of officers.
While there was a high turnout of police officers
in uniform at the funeral yesterday, prisons officers
chose to attend in plainclothes as they mourned the
death of their colleague.
Primus had been a prisons officer for two years,
spending the majority of his service at the Youth
Training Facility (YTC) where he was said to have
made an impact on youths through his love for
Richards criticised Government for failing to
respond to the demands of his association for officers
to be armed, among other safety precautions, such
as housing relocations.
On Monday, National Security Minister Carl Alfon-
so, Justice Minister Prakash Ramadhar and the Attor-
ney General met to discuss the issue but have not
made public these discussions.
In the eulogy, Primus was described as someone
who treasured excitement and fun.
Relatives said he was happy when he was called
to join the Prisons Service and came to understand
it was a tough job.
"We must tip our hats to Andell and all the other
prisons officers because their service is necessary
to the safety and protection of all of us," his grand-
She spoke of three early-death experiences the
26-year-old had experienced during childhood and
said the family believed they were all lessons to be
Primus and his girlfriend, Shanice Raymond, had
recently welcomed his daughter, Nevaeh, into the
world. The three-month-old s name is Heaven spelt
Funeral of murdered prisons officer...
Lament over Govt's
delay over demands
Enterprise imam after murder of his son:
Bring in Abraham
Enterprise imam Morland Muakyil Abdullah, with his son, Aqyil
Lynch, who survived Wednesday's shooting which left his elder
son, Ackmal, dead. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Abdullah said there were about 1,000
members in his mosque who were from "all
He said his Crown Trace mosque was
opened in 1997 by Jamaat al Muslimeen
leader, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, but later broke
away and joined the Anjuman Sunnat ul
Jamaat Association (ASJA).
He said he had maintained "a friendship"
with Abu Bakr, however.
Abu Bakr was detained for two days by
the police for questioning in connection
with the murder of Dana Seetahal and
shortly after his release he visited the
Crown Trace Mosque for Akmal's funeral.
He told members in the area he would be
coming to end the violence and bring peace.
Abdullah said Abu Bakr would be welcome
in the area.
"People have more respect for him than
the police. He will not pick on anybody, put
them on the ground and rub them down,"
Asked how will Abu Bakr go about ending
the violence in Enterprise, Abdullah said:
"First, he will try to get rid of the guns.
"Ninety per cent of the young men will
listen to him. He will not be violent. He will
call them and have a meeting with them."
MORE RESPECT FOR ABU BAKR THAN THE POLICE
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