The Lowther’s Lane killing over the weekend should serve as a warning to law enforcement officials that systems ought to be put in place to protect this nation’s and safeguard its security from the political turmoil now taking place in Venezuela.
The economic situation facing ordinary Venezuelans is grave and if given an opportunity thousands will flee the neighbouring republic that was once considered as oil-rich to any haven considered to be safe for them.
The political turmoil remains uncertain in Caracas as the population is starved off many basic items like toilet paper, soap, rice, oil, sugar and flour in supermarkets and shops in their country.
THE NEW TODAY has been very suspicious from the beginning of those Venezuelans who have been making regular visits to the island and offering locals a few dollars for their gold items like chains and pendants.
The Venezuelans have allegedly benefited from those local thieves who have stolen these items from Grenadians and make them available at cheap prices to these foreigners.
The weekend murder should not be seen as merely accidental by the police and something that should not be probed to the fullest.
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is aware that the victim was on their “wanted list” for questioning in a well-planned and executed assault on a local commercial bank in which thousands of U.S dollars were embezzled.
A person now in custody at the Richmond Hill prison was able to come into the country with well-prepared false documents including a passport.
How many of these Venezuelans have entered our shores legally at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) with false documents that were never detected by our local Immigration officials?
A lot of the Venezuelan gangs are known to have strong links with the major drug cartels in Colombia.
Our law enforcement people will have to dig deep and make sure that the Venezuelan fraudsters who attacked the bank did not have any local assistance in the enterprise.
The question that immediately comes to mind is – how the fraudsters came in possession of information about this specific bank account that had a large sum of money deposited on it?
Certainly, no one can just walk down the streets of St. George’s and pick up this kind of information on the ground.
THE NEW TODAY is also concerned that the name of the infamous “Captain Harris” has surfaced in the last few days with the Venezuelans.
It appears that the non-nationals being sought by the police for questioning had moved from an apartment in Calliste to Captain Harris’ place in Grand Anse and then onto Lowther’s Lane where the body was found in order to evade the police.
The FIU might have rightfully or wrongly concluded that the persons of interest in the bank scam fled the country probably by boat for Venezuela but the fact is that persons on the island were helping to move them from one safe haven to another.
Was Rojas killed to shut him up because he knew too much about the bank scam or was he put down due to a problem that arose over the sharing of the bank loot?
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) need to take a closer look at those from the neighbouring Spanish-speaking republic who have been making frequent trips to the island in search of gold items.
We do not need to remind our officers of the saying: “All that glitters is not gold”.
THE NEW TODAY would also like to express its disappointment at the level of government representation at the funeral service held last week Wednesday for our first homegrown Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s, Vincent Darius.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was present to observe for himself the number of vacant seats that were set-aside for government representatives including Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Senate and Permanent Secretaries.
The failure of these persons to present themselves in the church for the Bishop’s funeral service sent out a certain clear message.
This newspaper has heard excuses being put forward by some of the absentees that no one sent them official invitations to attend the Mass at the Cathedral.
It begs the question – since when persons are given invitations to attend a funeral in Grenada?
Are we witnessing a new dispensation in Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique with a re-writing of the protocol book and guidelines?