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.
A Special Reserve Police officer is in serious condition at hospital after he was attacked by a detainee at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC).
According to reports, a riot broke out at the Aripo facility just after 7 pm on Friday and officers at the centre called for the assistance of the Northern Division Task Force.
However, PC Trimm, who is attached to IDC, upon entering the detention area was accosted by a Nigerian detainee.
The detainee pushed over a machine used to make coffee where boiling hot water is consistently stored, and it fell onto PC Trimm.
The Ministry of National Security has launched an investigation into an incident at the Immigration Detention Centre, in which two men attempted to cut a fence to enter the facility and exchanged gunfire with a guard.
The Ministry issued the following statement today.
Police are investigating a shooting incident at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, as two men attempted to cut a fence to enter the facility Wednesday night.
They suspect the men were planning a jailbreak.
Police say the men possessed a hacksaw and a wire cutter.
The incident occurred around 9.20 pm while an officer was patrolling a poorly-lit area of the centre where he heard a noise.
The guard reported that the two men were trying to cut the fence wire and on seeing the guard, they fired several shots.