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Cops probing fake 'abduction'
Two cases of alleged kidnapping are
now engaging the attention of Tobago
In the latest instance, a 16-year-old sec-
ondary school student is assisting police
with their investigations into her disap-
pearance on Monday morning.
According to reports, the girl left for
school early yesterday morning and did not
show up at home by last night.
On Monday evening her family began
enquiring about her whereabouts and called
He sister, who did not want to be iden-
tified, told Tobago Today the family called
the police around 10 pm.
"We decided to call the police after giv-
ing her time to show up and we became
frantic as her cell phone seemed to be off,"
the sister recalled.
According to the woman, the family
became even more worried as there were
reports earlier this month of alleged
attempts to kidnap the youngster near the
golf course in Buccoo.
"She (Buccoo victim) was only saved
after she cried out and a passer-by went
to her aid. That time a report was made
to the police and they searched for the
kidnapper but have not found him," the
Relating her family's more recent event,
the sister told Tobago Today that after
calling the teenager's cell phone all night
they saw her social media profile being
actively used online on earlier today.
"We saw her online this morning (Tues-
day) and decided to contact her but she
did not respond and after calling around
to all her friends, we finally found one who
she had responded to," the sister said.
Asked if her sister was kidnapped, she
said that was the general feeling until they
discovered she was "safe and sound and
unharmed with a man much older than
The teen and the man were eventually
found at the man's Mason Hall home.
Asked if the man whom the teen alleg-
edly spent the night with was also in police
custody, the elder sister said she could not
say. The man was said to be in his mid-
In the other case, frantic voice notes
along with a picture of another young
woman began circulating on social media
on Sunday evening, after it was discovered
that she was allegedly abducted from her
home in Bagatelle.
By late Sunday night, social media reports
began surfacing that she had been beaten
and dropped off at her home.
Scarborough Police Officials are probing
a kidnapping of a 24 year old Sales Clerk
of Bagatelle, Tobago.
According to police reports, the woman
was walking along the Bagatelle Main Road
around 7.30 pm on Sunday, when a silver
Nissan Tiida motor vehicle pulled up along-
side her and a man dragged her inside.
The woman told police two men and a
woman unknown to her were in the vehi-
cle. It is alleged that the trio took her to
Bacolet, near the Dwight Yorke Stadium,
where they allegedly beat her and set her
free. She was assisted by passers-by who
took her to the Scarborough General Hos-
pital where she was treated for her injuries
The Scarborough CID is continuing inves-
tigations. Anyone with information is asked
to contact to the Scarborough Police at
639-2512, Scarborough CID at 639-2515,
800-TIPS or 555
Contacted on both matters earlier today,
ACP Tobago Garfield Moore told Tobago
Today police investigations were continu-
However, he said, "Unless the police can
corroborate the story of the Bagatelle
woman through an independent witness,
they (the police) are still relying on the
alleged victim to come forward with more
Regarding the case of the teenager, how-
ever, Moore said he was "not classifying
the case as one involving kidnapping until
further investigation is done."
"We had a report of a missing person so
we cannot at this time class it as a kid-
napping," Moore said.
-- With reporting by
Girl, 16, found with man after going 'missing'
Still no home for THA Minority
Minority Leader of the Tobago
House of Assembly Watson Duke
has set up shop in the Members
Lounge of the Tobago House of
Assembly legislature building.
This as he claims THA officials
are yet to finalise a location for
an office for members of the
minority and his staffing request.
The Minority Leader led a team
to an impromptu meeting with
the THA Presiding Officer Dr.
Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus to discuss
the issue on Monday.
A press conference was held at
the front of the chamber after the
Speaking at the press conference
on Duke's behalf, economist Dr
Vanus James said Duke approached
him for advice on establishing a
Stressing the importance of
having a strong opposition, James
said, "It is not in the best inter-
est of the people of Tobago for
government to behave as if the
opposition should not be there.
The public is governed by its con-
sent and that means that both the
government and the opposition
would speak on behalf of the peo-
He said the public must be able
to "differ and dissent in a way
that does not lead us all into the
streets and frustrate the opposi-
tion" and a strong opposition is
a necessary element in the dem-
ocratic management of the THA.
"A vigorous opposition, not one
that just comes to the house and
protests, is the main basis on
which Tobagonians can prevent
the THA from being reduced to a
dictatorial body and from simply
becoming an administrative build-
ing run out of Port-of-Spain."
According to James, Tobago
must be able to "look at, assess
and scrutinise" decisions made by
central government as it relates
to plans for Tobago. He said any-
thing less than that reduces the
THA to an administrative unit.
James spoke about some of his
recommendations to Duke.
"I suggested lawyers, econo-
mists to go over to the budget,
communication specialists and
technical officers and so on."
He said the failure of the Gov-
ernment to provide adequate office
space for Duke was a threat to the
democracy of the island and Toba-
go cannot operate as an admin-
istrative unit of the Government,
as there must be a dissenting voice
evaluating the work of the THA
and the work of the secretaries
and bringing the information to
Duke said his team requires a
place that is dignified and suita-
ble to represent the views of
Tobagonians. However, he said
until the problem is rectified he
intends to carry on with "the peo-
"Members of the public can
come meet me every single day
at the Assembly Office that is
designated as the members'
lounge. Imagine there is no rule
for that and they are now telling
me that no one else can come
there but me -- that is crazy."
Duke also said he was provided
with only three staff members.
"They have given me messenger,
a research officer and an admin-
istrative officer. I don't event have
a hospitality assistant to make a
cup of tea for someone. The big
ADB building, I said two floors
they said is too big -- everywhere
is too big, they want to give me
one room in ADB building."
Duke said he refuses to settle
for anything less for the people
Contacted on the matter, Tsoia-
fatt-Angus said she preferred not
to comment until investigating
Duke's claims further.
Dr Vanus James, Minority leader Watson Duke and Councillor Dr Faith B Yisrael during Monday's press conference.
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