Police deny social media reports of police stations under attack
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Monday denied social media reports that police stations were under attack, assuring the population that the “voice note circulating via WhatsApp is fals”.
“If an incident such as this one was occurring, an alert by the TTPS or the Ministry of National Security would be issued informing the public,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob.
The police, in a statement, said, “The message claiming that access to Port-of-Spain has been cut off and that police stations, namely the Besson Street Police Station, is under attack, has been circulating throughout the public of Trinidad and Tobago since Sunday.”
It said it wanted to give the public the assurance that “all checks were made via the Operational Command Centre (OCC) using CCTV footage”.
“The areas in which the incidents allegedly occurred were found to be incident free. The TTPS would like to remind the public to always check the credibility of the sources of information before sharing. Information of this nature can lead to undue panic in the community and throughout the wider population,” the statement said, urging the public to download the TTPS App and keep “abreast of our social media pages to reduce the spread of misinformation”.
In 1990, a group of Muslims attacked the main police station as they launched an unsuccessful coup to remove the then ANR Robinson government from office.
The statement by the police follows the murder on Sunday night of Glen Bousigac, who was shot near a mall close to the police station located in the East Dry River area just on the outskirts of the capital.
Media reports said that two gunmen had intended to kill a person, who was walking along the roadway, but instead shot and killed Bousigac.
The intended target was hit in the stomach and ran towards the Besson Street Police Station and taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for medical attention.
Bousigac died while undergoing treatment.