Mon | Feb 19, 2018

Quallo meets with Montague about murder spike and airport road gridlock

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:03 PM
The meeting between National Security Minister Robert Montague and Commissioner of Police George Quallo reportedly only lasted for a few minutes.

National Security Minister Robert Montague is to brief the Cabinet today on the meeting he held this morning with Commissioner of Police George Quallo.

The security ministry says the meeting centred on the Commissioner's report on the New Year’s Day traffic pile-up on the Palisadoes strip, the increase in murders and the Commissioner’s plan for the way forward.

More than 30 people have been killed since the start of the year.

READ: 38 murders in first six days of 2018

Acting permanent secretary in the ministry Rohan Richards also attended the meeting which reportedly lasted only a few minutes.

The Police Commissioner was accompanied to the ministry by some members of the executive of the Police Officers' Association.

They have complained that the minister is interfering in the operations of the force.

READ: POA accuses Montague of interfering in police operations

In a statement on the weekend, the Ministry of National Security acknowledged that  Montague had received a report from Quallo on the traffic gridlock that blocked the Palisadoes road on New Year's Day.

Quallo’s initial report, which was delivered to Montague’s office a day after the incident, was rejected by the minister as inadequate and disappointing.

The Palisadoes road like a parking lot for hundreds of patrons attending the popular party series Sandz last Monday.

As a result, scores of persons trying to get to the airport missed their flights.

There were also significant delays.

According to reports and videos posted on social media, some desperate passengers walked to the airport, while others hired motorcyclists.

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