National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) is appealing to Dominicans to join the movement in demanding an independent investigation into police handling of the abduction of Kernisha Ettienne and the subsequent death of Keyan Alexander without locating the missing child.
“The National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) wishes to bring to the attention of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica that today marks the 15th day and beginning of the third week since the abduction of twelve-year-old Kernisha Etienne and almost ninety-six hours and four days since Deputy Police Commissioner Lincoln Corbette announced to the nation the death of the alleged abductor Kian Alexander,” NJAM stated in a press release. “The nation has been subjected to almost ninety-six hours of total silence from the police, the Minister of National Security, and the Government of Dominica on the circumstances which lead to the death of Kian Alexander, presumably the only person who had information on the whereabouts of the child, and how they intend to continue the search and rescue efforts for the child.”
NJAM has deemed “totally unacceptable”, what it says is the deafening silence of the police and the government of Dominica and as a result, the organization is demanding that the authorities inform the nation of the current situation with regard to the missing child and what could have led to the death of Keyan Alexander, “when it was public knowledge and understanding that he had to be apprehended alive, thereby assisting to confirm the whereabouts of the twelve-year-old child, Kernisha Etienne.”
“There is no doubt that the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force and the Government authorities have made a fatal blunder with the handling of the situation which has now lessened hopes and expectations of finding the child,” NJAM further laments. “For unfortunately, every minute that passes worsens the possibility of finding the child alive. The nation must now face the ultimate reality of a possible corpse.”
The group insists that the police and government have a responsibility to be transparent, honest, and truthful to the nation.
“NJAM, therefore, appeals to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica to join in the efforts to demand an independent investigation into the activities of the police to determine what could have gone so fatally wrong with the handling of the abduction of Kernisha Ettienne and the subsequent death of Keyan Alexander without locating the child,” the organization stated in its release.
NJAM has said that it will soon initiate the process of presenting a petition to the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica to appoint a commission to investigate the matter.
“The entire nation is in pain. NJAM prays for a miracle to bring the child home safely,” NJAM concludes in its release.