Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 15th 2013 Contents A witness, who requested
anonymity, said they were
playing cards close to the
roadside when a black Nissan
Wingroad pulled up around 2
am, when three men came out
with guns and started shoot-
"About 20 people were
playing cards and the gunmen
started to shoot. When we saw
the guns, everybody started
to run," the witness said.
Dyer and Eliott, however,
could not escape.
Police recovered more than
nine spent shells fired from a
.9mm semi automatic revolver
at the scene of the crime.
Dyer s father Richard, who
was asleep upstairs their home
when the tragic incident
occurred, said he heard the
"I woke up and watched
outside. I hear them saying
Afisha get shot. We got a sheet
and put her on top of it. Then
they put her in the car and
rushed her to the hospital," he
recalled. He said the gunmen
did not get any money. The
gunmen then made their
Police officers led by Senior
Supt Cecil Santana, Insp May-
nard, Sgt Ramdial, Sgt Don
Gajadhar as well as detectives
from the Princes Town and
Barrackpore Task Force set up
a dragnet and later intercepted
the car. Two suspects of La
Brea and South Oropouche
Meanwhile, Eliott s mother
Yvette, who spent the morning
with her at the hospital, said
she often warned her daughter
about playing cards outside.
"I told her that her children
getting big and it is about
time she stopped. She never
listened to me," Yvette said.
She explained that it was the
second time that Eliott
escaped with her life, as a few
years ago she was severely
beaten by a relative.
"It is time that she gives
her life to Christ. She is living
a third life," Yvette said. Eliott
has four children---Koreem,
18; Kenisha, 17; Kishanna, 14;
and Kimora Grazette, aged
Detectives led by Sgt Ram-
dial and including PC Mycoo,
Bawah and Khadoo visited
the scene. An autopsy is
expected to be done on Dyer s
body tomorrow at the Foren-
sic Science Centre in St
James. Investigations are con-
December 15, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Suspended chief executive officer at
state-owned National Petroleum (NP),
Kenneth Mohammed, has resigned.
This latest development comes after
three months of speculation and one
closed-door meeting between the NP
chairman Neil Gosine and Minister of
Energy Kevin Ramnarine, at which time
a report on why Mohammed was sus-
pended was handed over to the minister.
Since that meeting back in October both
men have remained tight-lipped on the
But Mohammed broke his silence in an
interview with the Sunday Guardian on
Friday and confirmed that his resignation
letter has already been handed over to the
board. He also said that the reason for his
suspension had nothing to do with any
questions about his qualifications.
On Friday, an anonymous source, bear-
ing the e-mail address "npwhistle-blow-
email@example.com," sent five letters to several
members of the media. The letters includ-
ed two responses to the Oilfields Workers
Trade Union (OWTU) who had written to
Mohammed s past schools asking for con-
firmation of his accreditation.
Mohammed s three-month suspension
ends on Tuesday, and his last day is now
on December 31.
Secret report comes to light
Mohammed has denied all claims that
his three-month suspension and subse-
quent resignation came as a result of his
inadequate qualifications for the job.
Sources within NP yesterday told the
Sunday Guardian that Mohammed was
suspended for two reasons, neither of
which questioned his qualifications.
"The board was concerned that he had
not gone through the correct process to
get the promotion, and he had signed a
Memorandum of Understanding without
correct approval," the source said.
While Mohammed has remained tight-
lipped about the unfolding situation, a
source close to him has revealed that the
suspension came after two vocal clashes
"That stuff about the suspension over
his qualifications is bogus crap," the source
said but added that Mohammed began
feeling "targeted" by the OWTU and the
board of directors headed by Gosine.
"I understand he received two death
threats after the suspension, and one caller
even told him they know the schools his
children attend. He had to hire security.
That is nonsense," the source said.
He also said Mohammed was being
"bullied by trade union thugs."
Mohammed has refused to comment
on that issue, only saying that his stint
at NP was his "first and last foray" into
the State sector.
NP over staffing
The Sunday Guardian also understands
that a recent audit found that NP was
over-staffed by a whopping 100 per cent.
The audit revealed that while the company
could successfully operate with just over
300 staff members, a current staff count
stood at 644.
The company recently brought in four
new general managers and appointed four
more from the existing employee-base.
"I am not responsible for the dismissals
because I cannot make a decision like that
on my own. It came with board approval,"
A colleague close to Mohammed, who
requested anonymity, also said
Mohammed s departure would signal a
small exodus from NP.
"As many as four senior managers are
planning to walk out too because the board
expects rubber-stamps who question
nothing that is going on in there," he said.
"We cannot fight the board," he added.
Roget stands firm:
He's not fit for the job
President general of the OWTU, Ancel
Roget, in a telephone interview yesterday,
said he stood by his belief that Mohammed
was "not fit" for the job.
thug for justice, decency and morality in
public affairs. I am a thug against cor-
ruption, against nepotism, and I will con-
tinue to be a thug until justice prevails.
That accusation is laughable," Roget said.
He called on Mohammed to stop side-
stepping the issue regarding his qualifi-
"What he should do is respond properly
as all the evidence points to false qual-
ification. That seems to be the norm for
people in senior jobs to submit false doc-
uments," he said.
Roget said after three months of spec-
ulation, he was "glad to see the back" of
"He was suspended under a cloud of
secrecy and suspicion and resigned only
when he got caught out," Roget said.
The matter of the 68 dismissed workers
is still currently before the Minister of
Labour, Errol McLeod for arbitration.
Several attempts to reach Gosine were
Don't be fearful, be careful
Security Minister, Gary
Griffith has called on the
population to not be overly
concerned with the recent
spike in murders.
Speaking at a children's
Christmas party in Laventille
organised by the police force
yesterday, Griffith said there
was no need to be afraid.
"I am asking the public; do
not be fearful, be careful,"
"We need to just be aware
of our surroundings," he said.
He said the National
Operation Centre was there
to help all the law agencies---
Police, Defense Force,
Agencies---to reduce crime.
"There are major
operations that are taking
place, we are getting a lot of
patrols and we intend to
build back that confidence,"
He said the NOC would co-
ordinate all the agencies with
Mom shot dead, another
wounded in Moruga
Nikeisha Eliott was wounded when gunmen opened fire on
them while playing a game of cards in Moruga yesterday.
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NATIONAL SECURITY MINISTER
I told her that her children getting big
and it is about time she stopped. She
never listened to me...It is time that she
gives her life to Christ. She is living a
third life. ---Yvette, Nikeish Eliott's mother
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