Chaguanas Chamber calls for lockdown of Central hotspots

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 20:00

The Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce is calling on the police to lockdown the hotspots in Chaguanas in an effort to crackdown on gang-violence that may arise over the murder of Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis.

The Chamber issued a statement saying innocent lives are under seige.

The following is the statement by the Chaguanas Chamber:

"The Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police must act swiftly and take a tough stance to quell any uprising amongst gangs in the Enterprise area following the murder of reputed gang leader, Selwyn ‘Robocop’ Alexis. 

The people of Enterprise have been living in fear for too long as a result of the ongoing gang warfare there and the murder of Mr Alexis can only increase these fears and tension.
The Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce is horrified at the brutal murders in Enterprise on Sunday which resulted in the deaths of Mr Alexis and two others. Our community and our country must not be allowed to fall into the hands of criminals, nor must we be crippled by war amongst them.
We are calling for a lockdown of the hotspots in the Enterprise area to protect the innocent citizens living under siege there, and to protect the lives and livelihood of the people of Chaguanas and Central Trinidad.
We also call on the Commissioner of Police to immediately increase visible policing in the Enterprise and Chaguanas areas so that our citizens can feel safer and especially protected during this period of uncertainty.
The murder of Mr Alexis and the possible repercussions could have disastrous and long-lasting effects on the community of Enterprise, the town of Chaguanas and Central Trinidad as a whole. 

The Police, the Government and all other authorities must move quickly to stem the blood flow in the area and protect the lives of the innocent.
The Chamber is also deeply disturbed and saddened at the senseless killing of an innocent bystander and the shooting of a young and helpless child who is now struggling for his life. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the affected family and urge that support and counselling be provided for all concerned.
We are aware that the leadership of the Central Division Police is once again in transition. Sr Supt Jason Ford has proceeded on two years leave and his replacement, Ag Sr Supt Florice Hodge-Griffith, has only just taken over. 

We want to stress the need for her to be given all the necessary support by Police Headquarters, by those under her command and by the wider public so that she can take firm and necessary action to halt the alarming rise of crime in Chaguanas.
We would wish that all concerned put the best needs of the community first, to honour the right to life and liberty of all persons and to preserve peace at a time when the country is already facing difficult social and economic times. 
The Chaguanas Chamber makes a commitment to continue to work with the Central Division Police and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of the wider Chaguanas area. 

The CCIC has worked assiduously over the past 10 years and more to push for a safe and secure environment for all citizens of the borough and we call on all citizens, corporate and private, to do their part to keep our region and our country safe and peaceful."