National Security Minister: "Keep calm. Don't be guided by rumours of ISIS threat"

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 20:00

A statement from the Ministry of National Security is describing as "rumours" allegations of a possible ISIS threat at malls this coming weekend.

The Ministry has issued a statement, which also condemns the murders of two national security personnel this morning.

The following is the statement from the Ministry of National Security:

"The Minister of National Security Major General (Ret’d) the Honourable Edmund Dillon is strongly condemning the slaying of two (2) servicemen which occurred overnight and also of those officers whose lives were cut short at the hands of criminals in the past.

Minister Dillon is expressing condolences this morning to the families of Special Reserve Police Constable Jason Cyril John of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and Corporal Jerry Leacock of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.

The Minister noted that criminal attacks will not be tolerated against the protectors of this country’s laws and Constitution, and he will do all that needs to be done as he leads the fight to annihilate the menace to society.

Minister Dillon underscored that law enforcement agencies must do what is required within the law and focus their crime fighting efforts on ridding Trinidad and Tobago of the scourge of a few deadly criminal elements bent on destroying this country and depriving the many of their right to safety and security.

Early this morning Minister Dillon summoned all Operational Heads from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Intelligence Agencies to an emergency Operations Meeting to reinforce the execution of the Ministry of National Security’s crime fighting strategies. The Operations Meeting focused on deterrence, detection and prosecution.

Regarding information pertaining to threats to the State, the Minister of National Security is calling on all citizens to not be guided by rumours and remain calm and vigilant and report any suspicious activity. He gave the assurance that this country’s intelligence agencies are working to authenticate the origin of such threats and findings will be generated in a timely and accurate manner.


Minister Dillon wishes to assure citizens that the Ministry of National Security and its agencies will continue to work together to do all that is necessary to ensure the safety and security of all."