Top officials in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has remained tight-lipped about the ongoing criminal investigation which was launched into the operations of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL), even as known, and in some cases unknown officials, continue to remove piles of sensitive documents and information from the entity.
Over the past two days, more documents were being accessed and taken away by officials reportedly linked to the GPF and the Guyana Defence Force as (GDF), as well as individuals linked to the Special Organised Crime Unit.
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, when questioned by the media on December 31, 2015, confirmed that the Police had launched an investigation following the handing over of the forensic audit report of the entity to them by the Government.
He did not state or specify which aspects of the report were being investigated criminally or what would be the process that the crime sleuths would follow given the special type of probe.
Attempts to contact Police Commissioner Persaud for clarity on the removal of documents on Saturday proved futile.
NICIL Chairman, Dr Maurice Odle has confirmed to the media that Police had visited the entity’s headquarters and presented a“warrant” to take away documents. NICIL officials complied, he reported.
Dr Odle also disclosed that the Police officials are removing documents in relation to Pradoville 2. He was unaware if the documents were originals or copies.
He could not say how many times they had visited the headquarters or how many documents were removed.
He was also unable to say whether a tally or register of the documents being removed was kept by NICIL officials or where the documents were headed.
Dr Odle assumed they were being taken to the “Police compound”.
Several questions still remain unanswered about the investigation into the State entity, including the purpose for removing the documents, since they could be utilised right at the headquarters or even copied and taken to the Police if needed.
NICIL Chief Executive Officer, Winston Brassington
Recently, reports surfaced that GDF Sergeant Robert Pyles died in a car crash while in pursuit of an individual suspected to be affiliated with NICIL Chief Executive Officer Winston Brassington.