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Prison’s boss to criminals at officer’s funeral
Fire go bun you
“If you continue to distress my of-
ficers fire go bun you.”
This was the message sent to
the criminal elements yesterday
by Prisons Commissioner Gerard
Wilson. He was speaking at the
funeral service of fallen prisons
officer Devendra Boodooram at
the Faith Assembly International
Church, Five Rivers, Arouca.
Wilson’s statements came
against the backdrop of the mur-
ders of five law enforcement of-
ficers, including three prisons
officers, in the line of duty in the
past five months.
A visibly upset Wilson said he
had crafted his own version of the
popular tune “Year for Love” by
soca artiste Voice for the service.
“Tell me what dey fighting for...
what they killing for. We don’t
need no more, fire go bun dem.
“Another one just gone and yuh
beat your chest and smile.
“Another officer gone...Bad
man rock back, look for ah wuk.
If you continue to distress my
officers fire go bun yuh,” Wilson
sang to the congregation.
His lyrics brought shouts of
“Amen” and resounding rounds
of applause from the congrega-
Wilson said hoped the lives of
grieving families would return to
some level of normalcy given the
unrelenting bravado of those who
continued to defy authority.
He described Boodooram as
an officer who was loved and re-
spected by his colleagues and in-
Speaking about the lockdown
at the Port-of-Spain prison which
occurred the day before Boodoo-
ram’s killing, Wilson said, “As of-
ficers you will certainly make the
connection with a search activity
and the cowardice actions of a
few. Can we now suggest that one
moment of indiscretion is reason
to snuff out the life of a human
being? However, as professionals
we can’t allow emotions to turn
us into monsters like the same in-
dividuals whose actions brought
us here today (yesterday’s ser-
During the search it was re-
ported that some inmates were
beaten by prisons officers.
Curtis Belford, of the National
Security Officers’ Foundation,
who also spoke during the ser-
vice, said Boodooram’s only
crime was ‘”remaining true to his
“For how often unpleasant is
fate that those to whom Boodoo-
ram was committed should com-
mit him to this fate,” Belford said.
He said it was truly saddening
to recognise that citizens were
growing increasingly numb to the
tragic stories of officers who had
lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Our national security officers
continue to display courage that is
so consistent and common place
that it would be a national tragedy
if we were to forget their legacy,”
Cops seek help
to ID prison
A sketch of the man suspected
of fatally shooting prison of-
ficer Devendra Boodooram in
broad daylight in Port-of-Spain
last week has been released by
the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service’s (TTPS) Criminal Intelli-
According to the TTPS, the man
is believed to be between 24 to 28
years and of African descent.
The man, who is slim built, has
a “fair/light brown complexion”
and is believed to be five feet
five inches tall. He was wear-
ing a “blue long sleeved jersey
with multi colours” and a beige
coloured cap at the time he com-
mitted the crime.
The suspect was clean shaven
and appeared to be right handed.
He is considered armed and dan-
gerous by the police.
Anyone who can help put a
name to the suspect’s face is
asked to call 999, 555, 800-TIPS
The sketch was released yester-
day, the same day that Boodoo-
ram’s final rites were observed.
Boodooram was shot dead
around 5 pm last Friday while
he was in traffic along Frederick
Street, a stone’s throw from the
Port-of- Spain prison. He had just
come of duty.
His killing came after death
threats were posted on social
media after his colleagues were
recorded kicking prisoners while
the inmates’ hands were tied dur-
ing a lockdown and search at the
According to police reports, a
gunman walked up to Boodoo-
ram’s vehicle and shot him at
least four times in the head and
chest. The killer then ran up
Frederick Street and across Ox-
ford Street heading toward Char-
ford Courts. Police said the killer
came out of a vehicle that was
seen near the prison moments
before the murder took place.
Aloes: Indian bashing not behind Revue demise
Calypsonian Michael “Sugar
Aloes” Osuna is describing as rub-
bish the suggestion that calypsoes
targeting East Indians are at the
heart of the decline in support for
the Kalypso Revue Tent, which
will be forced to close its doors
soon due to a lack of funding.
Osuna made the comment via
phone yesterday, as he admitted
the 55-year-old tent will have to be
discontinued for the remainder of
the Carnival season due to the lack
of public support and funding.
Asked if he felt “East Indian
bashing calypsoes” were one of
the reasons for the decline in pub-
lic attendance, Osuna said that
notion was pure rubbish and quite
“The fact of the matter is that
they have their own forum. And
there are other issues to be fac-
Osuna believes with the eco-
nomic downfall much had
changed, but said to target calyp-
soes as the culprit is just wrong.
“Out of soca came soca chut-
ney. Everybody found a forum for
themselves. Artistes like Rikki Jai
and others got their start in the
tents singing calypso, a lot of them
did, so I don’t know what people
want to use now as a measure or
what excuses they want to make,”
He said the $150,000 allocated
by Arts and Culture Minister Dr
Nyan Gadsby-Dolly just would
not suffice, as he already pays
$50,000 in rent and has to pay 65
employees, including band mem-
bers, gatemen, singers and ushers.
“I was given that to run for four
weeks, that is impossible. The
stakeholders and dem eh doing
nothing different. They give what-
ever little they want to give and
that’s about it,” he lamented.
While he did not give an exact
date for the closure of the tent, he
said his concern is better funding
so tents can do better advertising
to attract patrons. With the limited
funds, he said they cannot place
advertisements during prime time
on television or in the newspapers.
However, he agreed tents need
to rebrand music and add more
variety to attract patrons.
He notes another factor to be
considered was the current crime
situation, saying people no longer
want to leave their homes. He
added, however, that patrons who
had attended shows this season
returned to find their vehicles had
Colleagues of murdered prisons officer Devendra Boodooram (inset) break down during yesterday’s funeral service
at Faith Assembly Church in Arouca.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
DAUGHTER SCARED FOR FUTURE
In reading a letter penned to her
deceased father, Boodooram’s eldest
daughter Tisha openly cried as she
recalled fond memories.
She boasted about her father’s
famous peleau and pepper sauce,
sacrifices he made to ensure his
family had a comfortable life, his
passion for riding motor bikes and his
undying love for his wife of 23 years
Saying her father deserved much
more in life, Tisha, who is studying
abroad, said she had planned to enrol
him in flying lessons and buy him a
Harley Davidson motorbike.
“Daddy, you sacrificed everything
and you were the best father. I have
no idea what will happen now. Daddy
I am scared. We need you,” Tisha said.
A sketch of the man wanted in
connection with the murder of
prisons officer Devendra
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