Trinidad (Trinidad Newsday) – Four illegal immigrants—a Nigerian, a Guyanese, a Jamaican and a Barbadian— who were awaiting deportation to their respective countries, escaped from the Aripo Detention Centre, on Friday night.
A joint police/army/immigration exercise searched the forested area surrounding the centre, but failed to find the missing four.
Reports are that about 11 pm on Friday, a guard at the centre, on making his rounds, discovered that a steel door had been forced open.
Further checks by the guard revealed the four illegal immigrants had scaled the barbed wire fence and had escaped into the nearby forested area.
The joint police/army/immigration search party extended their search to Wallerfield and Cumuto yesterday with no success.
Officers of the National Operations Center’s Air Division also carried out aerial searches but also reported no success in finding the four men.
Sources at the Centre told Sunday Newsday that the escaped men had told other detainees that they were planning their escape because they did not want to be deported as was the case with a group of African detainees recently.
The four also reportedly told detainees that they wanted to remain in Trinidad because they felt this country provides better opportunities than their home countries.
Police and Immigration Officers are investigating how the four men were able to open the steel door.
A report is to be forwarded to the Minister of National Security.
On Sunday, the centre remained under lock down and security was beefed up as officers continued their search for the escaped men.
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