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Officers attached to the Special Security Unit at
the Office of the Prime (OPM) Minister have been
told they would be sent home in tranches once the
Police Service has the manpower to replace them.
The officers were called to a meeting this week at
the Prime Minister Office where they were told by
recently appointed deputy permanent secretary in the
office of the Prime Minister, Debra Parkinson, and the
director of Legal Affairs in the OPM, Nisha Cardinez,
that they were being replaced by police and army offi-
But in the first instance 30 of them will be replaced
and the remaining 42 will stay on the job pending an
allocation of police officers to fill the void.
But there was no indication as to how soon the first
batch of officers would be sent home.
Former army officer Curtis Douglas, who heads the
unit, said discussions "went well" but he referred all
questions to the Prime Minister's press secretary,
Arlene Gorin George. The T&T Guardian was unable
to contact her.
Officers who attended the meeting said there was
a suggestion from the floor that they be re-absorbed
as SRPs to fill the roles of the police officers given the
crime situation and the manpower issues in the Police
However, the deputy PS and the director of Legal
Affairs told them they had no authority to do what
they were asking.
The officers were told the matter was still in the
hands of the Chief Personnel Officer who would deter-
mine the package they would receive once they were
Officers had asked that they be paid gratuities based
on the life of their contracts and they be paid for the
remaining months of their contract but the T&T
Guardian understands there is a clause in the contract
which indicates that one month salary would be paid
on termination. That we were told was being reviewed.
The special security unit was set up by the late
prime minister Patrick Manning and members were
employed at the Prime Minister's residence, the Diplo-
matic Centre and the Office of the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the UNC has expressed concern at the
development. Rudy Indarsingh described the decision
to send the officers home as "reckless, especially in
a time of economic strife."
PM's guards to be sent
home in 2 tranches
RHONDOR DOWLAT AND
JENSEN LA VENDE
Gunmen used a shotgun and two hand-
guns to execute father of two, Naiym
Muhammed, 17 hours after his friend was
Muhammed was shot at least 12 times in
Muhammed, originally from Carenage,
was gunned down on Monday night,
moments after he stopped in front of a drive-
way just outside an apartment building which
he was renting. He lived there with his wife
and two children, ages 13 and ten months.
Muhammed was the cousin of Head of Digital
Content at CNC3, Sampson Nanton.
According to a police report, at 8.10 pm
Muhammed was slumped behind the steering
wheel of his car. He was dressed in Muslim
The T&T Guardian was told by police
investigators that Muhammed went to a
mosque for evening prayers and then to the
Chaguanas Police Station to sign, as he was
currently before the courts on arms and
Officers, however, believe Muhammed's
execution was linked to Monday's killing of
Carenage businessman Raul Joseph, 42.
Joseph was killed one month and a day
after a knife-wielding home invader killed
his wife, Andrea "Hannah" Edwards and left
him paralysed. On Monday at 3 am, a man
entered through a window and stabbed and
chopped Joseph, who lay on an adjustable
bed at his home at Moya Trace, Upper Haig
Street, Carenage. Joseph, according to police,
dealt in drugs, arms and ammunition.
Seventeen hours later, in what was believed
to be another well-orchestrated killing, police
said Joseph's friend, Muhammed, was shot
According to forensic pathologist Valery
Alexandrov, three types of guns---two different
types of handguns and a shotgun---were used
to shoot Muhammed in the head. Alexandrov
said the shots to Muhammed's head came
from the left and right side, which meant
that "possibly" two gunmen, one of whom
is believed to have held the two handguns,
stood on either side of Muhammed's vehicle
and opened fire on him.
When the T&T Guardian visited the area
where Muhammed was killed yesterday, his
neighbours admitted to seeing a "suspicious
vehicle" about one hour before the murder.
One resident, who wished not to be iden-
tified for his safety, said the vehicle pulled
up behind a parked dump truck on the road-
way for a while before Muhammed actually
came driving in.
"We know that there were men in the car
because when they parked up, we noticed
that they never came out and as soon as
Naiym drove up and stopped in front the
yard by him, the gunmen ran out and sur-
rounded his vehicle.
"I only hear real gunshots after. I knew he
had to be dead. There was no way he could
have survived all those bullets," the resident
Muhammed's cousin, Nanton, expressed
his grief yesterday by posting a status on his
Facebook wall, which read:
"Woke up this morning (yesterday) to the
tragic news of my cousin's killing last night,
ambushed and shot multiple times. Goodbye
cuz. I'm grateful for that little chat we had
recently in the mall. Never thought it was
going to be our last. God knows all things."
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Nanton described his cousin as a "good family
"He had always been a good family man.
I have always known him as a friendly person.
I met him three weeks ago in the mall and
"He did tell me of his intention of wanting
to see my mom because he didn't see her
in a while. We had a very nice conversation
and it was not the type of news I wanted to
wake up to," Nanton said.
Also contacted, another relative, who
wished not to be identified, said although
the police were linking Joseph and
Muhammed's murders, he believed it was
hardly likely so. The relative said both men
were "never really seen together regularly."
"They would have been seen together once
or twice, but I would not say that they were
partners or associates. At least that is what
we know of," the relative said.
On May 30, 2008, Muhammed's brother,
Yuwiyl Muhammed, was shot dead at the
corner of Smith Hill and Western Main Road,
Carenage. Yuwiyl, who was 22 when he was
killed, had an argument while at a fish vendor
and when he turned to walk away, he was
shot behind the head. On July 31, 2013, a 12-
member jury in the Port-of-Spain Fifth
Assizes found a close family friend, Anthony
"Manzie" Cohen, of L'Anse Mitan Road,
Carenage, guilty of Yuwiyl's murder.
slain in driveway
San Juan Jabloteh footballer, Nathan Lewis, was
shot and wounded during a drive-by shooting in
the Maloney area on Sunday.
However, Lewis, who was shot on the shoulder, is
said to be resting comfortably at home.
According to a police report, Lewis was among a
group of people standing outside the Maloney Indoor
Sport Arena shortly after midnight on Saturday when
a car drove by. Its occupants opening fire. No one was
killed in the incident.
National footballer Keron Cummings, 27, was shot
and wounded by a masked gunman moments after
he returned to his home in Bagatelle, Diego Martin,
from a boat cruise on December 27, 2015.
Jabloteh footballer shot
WPC Villaruel, right, looks on as her partner "Alex", a German Shepherd, completes a drill during yesterday's graduation ceremony for
members of the Police Service Canine Unit at the Mounted Branch, St James. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
17 hours after friend executed
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