PORT OF SPAIN — National Security Minister Emmanuel George yesterday provided statistics to show why he has been more effective than his predecessor Jack Warner in tackling crime in this country.
In a letter to the editor, George slammed his former Cabinet colleague Warner for talking out about the recent spike in murders in this country.
On April 22, George replaced Warner as this country’s National Security Minister.
George said for the first three months of his tenure as National Security Minister there have been almost 500 serious crimes less than the three preceding months when Warner was in charge.
Between February to April, 3,349 serious crimes were reported, figures provided by George stated while between May to July, 2,850 serious crimes were reported, he stated.
Between Thursday night and yesterday 13 murders were committed across the country.
George said many people have commented on this, chief among them Warner.
“Former Minister of National Security Jack Warner has been among the most vocal in that regard,” George said, adding that Warner even went so far as to suggest that Cabinet should call an emergency session to deal with the issue.
“Let me remind Mr Warner that in February of this year there were 46 murders, one of the highest murder figures recorded in a month and the highest recorded in any month for this year so far,” George said.
“He was the minister of national security then and did not consider that an emergency session of Cabinet should be called to deal with that upsurge. So why does he call for one now,” he said.
George said Warner is well aware that “spikes in murders” take place from time to time. (Express)