Friday 24 May, 2019

Nearly 100 security operations to nab fugitives from St James

Councillor for the Lucea Division in Hanover, Easton Edwards, greets Robert Montague, the National Security Minister, in the parish.

Councillor for the Lucea Division in Hanover, Easton Edwards, greets Robert Montague, the National Security Minister, in the parish.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has disclosed that nearly 100 operations have been undertaken by members of the security forces across the country, aimed at nabbing wanted men who are believed to have slipped out of St James, where a state of public emergency was declared on January 18.

“We anticipate that persons would have slipped away, but the police have been doing a number of operations right across the country. I know they have done almost a 100 operations right across the length and breadth of Jamaica in pursuit of those persons who may be suspected of slipping through the dragnet in St James,” Montague indicated.

He was speaking to members of the media in Hanover, where he was in attendance at a civic ceremony commemorating the 134th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante.

In noting that he was aware of the inconveniences being experienced by some citizens in light of the declaration of the state of emergency, which has being renamed as ‘enhanced security measures’, Montague appealed to citizens in the parish to be patient with members of the security forces.

The state of public emergency was declared in St James following a wave of murders in the parish over recent years. Last year the parish recorded an unprecedented 335 murders.

Since the declaration of the state of public emergency, only three murders have been recorded in the parish.

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