Commissioner tours Abaco

Amid security concerns on Abaco in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson conducted an on-the-ground assessment of the island yesterday.

This came only a day after police said weapons and drugs were discovered on the island.

Dressed in fatigues, Ferguson made his way around Marsh Harbour and some nearby areas, speaking to residents on the ground.

In a video posted on the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Facebook page, he told one passerby: “It’s important that we come so that people can see that we actually know what we’re talking. I don’t talk about things if I don’t know.”

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, residents on Abaco have complained of looting, with some claiming to have had to protect themselves with guns.

During a visit to the island last week, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said he was unhappy with the security situation and said that a curfew may be necessary. He also said that he requested an additional 150 defense force officers be sent to the island, and noted that some have been called out of retirement for the job.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, however, has insisted that law enforcement officers on Abaco have the situation under control.

“…Based on our assessment over the weekend, we feel that the police and the defense force have the situation under control,” he told reporters outside Cabinet on Tuesday.

Police said they recovered two shotguns from an abandoned building on Don McKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour on Thursday night. In a building in The Mudd shantytown, they found a bag containing 172 rounds of ammunition.

No arrests were made in relation to either matter.

Police on the island also found one man who was in a possession of marijuana during a road check on the Earnest Dean Highway. He was arrested and will be charged.

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Rachel Scott

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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