Ten of the 12 detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) last Wednesday, are still at large.
IDC sources told Guardian Media that they were working closely with law enforcement officials to try and recapture the men who escaped by cutting two chain link fences during the airing period on Wednesday evening.
Two of the escapees — Venezuelan nationals, Charlie Perez Jose and Claudio Flores, were found wandering in a forested area and escorted back into the facility close to midnight last Wednesday.
Police and other arms of security are searching for five detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) on Monday night.
Around 5 am today, checks were being made by officers at the IDC, when it was discovered that the five men were missing.
The men were last seen around 10 pm on Monday March 1st 2019, after the last cell visit by officers.
The escapees are Canyiing Yang, a Chinese national, Jose Leon Romero, Roni Jose Torres, Cezar Alejandre Moreno Cedeno and Miguel Fidel Ovid who are Venezuelan nationals.
Complaints of a lack of medical care, a violation of human rights and being ignored by Immigration officials are common at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo.
The centre, which was opened in 2009 as a place to house deportees for “30 days” while arrangements are made for their deportation, has turned into a home for many migrants over the last few years.
Men and women from crisis-riddled Venezuela currently make up the bulk of the centre’s detainees but there are also people from as far as Nigeria and India.
One of the five detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), Wallerfield on Thursday 20th December, 2018, has been recaptured.
Ryan Badal, 23, a Guyanese national, was detained by officers of the Gasparillo Police Station while they were conducting a mobile patrol along the Bonne Aventure Main Road, Gasparillo around 3:50 am on Sunday.
Officers had cause to stop and arrest the escapee after observing him standing on the side of the roadway acting suspiciously.
He was taken to the Gasparillo Police Station and the IDC contacted.
The five detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre in Arima may have snuck out during an event there yesterday afternoon.
CNC3 News spoke to a Senior Official at the IDC who said officers did not discover that the five men were missing until hours later.
During a routine head count around eleven last evening, officers realised five of the 107 detainees could not be found.
Three of the escapees have been identified as Venezuelan nationals Rodney Noel Mendoza, Luis Sifontes, and Jose Yanez.
Riot police were called to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo yesterday after a “normal” demonstration by frustrated Nigerian detainees turned into a hostage-like situation.
Immigration and police officers on duty around 3.30 pm had to send out an “SOS” call to their colleagues after the group of detainees crowded the south and north corridors of the centre in protest over what they called their “unlawful detention” and inhumane conditions.