Breaking news: Unconfirmed reports suggest that Argentina captain and 2014 World Cup Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi had three slices of toast with his dinner last night. Mr Live Wire understands that Diego Maradona could have put away five and still had room for bagels.
Football discussion has descended into farce ever since the FIFA technical committee decided that the best player on the planet and the best player at the World Cup were one and the same.
In Trinidad and Tobago, farce is wearing camouflage these days as soldiers have apparently taken control of Laventille in the search for the killer of Lance Corporal Kayode Thomas while also kicking in doors and kicking down residents as far as Toco without warrants or any legal authority.
On Wednesday, the Trinidad Guardian alleged that “men in camouflage worn by T&T military” snatched Duane Skeete—whose brother is wanted for “questioning” in relation to Thomas’ murder—in Grenada on Wednesday with the assistance of Grenadian soldiers. Relatives have not heard from Skeete since.
Surely a coordinated arrest on foreign soil could not have occurred without the blessing of Chief of Defence Staff, Major Kenrick Maharaj. Did National Security Minister Gary Griffith or Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the head of the National Security Council, approve this?
Is Trinidad and Tobago under martial law?
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams vowed to reign in the “Inglorious Basterds.”
“I have directed my officers that if they get any reports in relation to soldiers abusing citizens and carrying out searches,” said Williams, in an I95.5 FM interview, “they need to investigate those matters; and if necessary prosecute these soldiers, just as we, the police, prosecute our police officers.”
A turf war between soldiers and police? The irony could only be more complete if Imam Yasin Abu-Bakr calls Maharaj and Williams to a peace summit at the Jamaat.
And if Williams is the solution, Mr Live Wire would surely like to hear the question again.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is recovering from her tour with Spiderman while Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is using Parliamentary time to find out about Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi’s great grandpappies. If Ramlogan wants to marry into Al-Rawi’s family, can’t he just proposition him at a bar?
Recently, the police service responded to queries about the Dana Seetahal murder inquiry by suggesting it would not sacrifice speed for accuracy; as if Williams and his men know what either looks like. Clearly, if Seetahal was a lance corporal rather than a Senior Counsel, her killers might at the barracks as we speak.
Elsewhere, Trinidad and Tobago citizens who do not live in Laventille and are not yet required for intense interrogation by the “Soulja Boys” continue their lives in the usual state of blissful ignorance. Like chickens at an Arawak farm who think they can fly away whenever they are ready.
Thank God that David Rudder lives in Canada.
Editor’s Note: Duane Skeete, according to the Trinidad Guardian, is being held at the St George Parish Police in Grenada. On Friday, two days after his arrest, he allegedly had not been charged with anything.