President calls out Army to step up security around Camp St. Prison…after sickout by prison officers

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President David Granger, today, convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Committee at the Ministry of the Presidency to discuss recent developments at the Camp Street prison, where only two out of the 15 prison officers scheduled for the day shift, reported for duty this morning.

Seated from from left: Col. Khemraj Persaud, Col. George Lewis (partially hidden), Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Basil Williams, Minister of State, Mr. Joe Harmon, President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Police Commissioner, Mr. Seelall Persaud, Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips and Major General (ret'd) Michael Atterly at the Ministry of the Presidency.   
Seated from from left: Col. Khemraj Persaud, Col. George Lewis (partially hidden), Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Basil Williams, Minister of State, Mr. Joe Harmon, President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Police Commissioner, Mr. Seelall Persaud, Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips and Major General (ret’d) Michael Atterly at the Ministry of the Presidency. 
 

According to GINA, the Director of Prisons (Ag), Mr. Carl Graham has since sought reinforcements from the Timehri and Lusignan Prisons and from the administration division at the Camp Street Prison in an effort to keep the situation under control.

The committee was informed that since the deadly prison riot in early March, inmates have become bolder and much more aggressive; displaying weapons and acting menacingly towards prison officers. As such, the officers have become fearful to carry out their duties. This is suspected to be the reason behind 13 officers submitting seven-day sick leave certificates.

GINA reported that the committee was also informed that there has been an increase in cases of marijuana being thrown over the prison fences and wardens are afraid of being harmed by prisoners, who are under the influence of the drug. In light of this, President Granger has ordered that the outer cordons of the prison be extended to include D’urban, John and Bent Streets, which will be blocked off to the public except for persons residing within those areas, as is done on Camp Street.

Additionally, the Commander-in-Chief has directed the Guyana Police Force to assist prison officers in manning the Camp Street facility and the Guyana Defence Force to assist in guarding the outer cordons of its precincts.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wha you a talk with out the cell phone how would they be able to communicate with big papa the chief security officer –he wants them out so that they can commit more crimes–they are his ppl.

  2. What the President is talking when he himself is letting them criminal out saying they should be on the street working not in jail they are too young.

  3. In this dangerous era, these prisons should be equipped with surveillance cameras. This is 2016
    These prisoners should not be wearing jewelry this was shocking when I witnessed it. These prisoners should be in uniforms a bright orange not civilian clothes for Security reasons. A pair of slippers . Cell phones is a No no.

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