BHS | Feb 6, 2023

Investigation under way following death threats against Bahamian PM

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Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force has launched a full-blown investigation after death threats were made against Prime Minister Philip Davis.

Speaking during an emergency press conference, Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said two anonymous phone calls were made shortly after midday Saturday, threatening the prime minister’s life.

 “Both calls came in, one right after the other about 15 minutes apart, threatening to kill the nation’s leader,” the commissioner said.

According to Fernander, officers are following significant leads and the prime minister remains in “good spirits”.

Police Commissioner, Clayton Fernander.

“We, as Bahamians, it shouldn’t happen. When you’re talking about threatening the nation’s leader and we as Bahamians, how we got to this level in threatening individuals, and you can go beyond the prime minister and individuals and we take this very seriously.”

“We are now reviewing the threat level so we can put some additional security measures in place along with our law enforcement partner and the team here from the defence force and so we are on top of this,” he continued.

The police commissioner also pleaded with those responsible for the calls to stop now, saying the police will not tolerate it and will go after them with the full extent of the law.

Heightened security

Meanwhile, the prime minister is still expected to continue his normal duties – under heightened security.

“Prime Minister Davis has been appraised of the situation and additional security measures have been put in place,” said his Press Secretary Clint Watson.

“While the threat against the prime minister is being taken seriously, it is the current assessment of the prime minister’s security team that he should continue with his normal duties and further assessments will be made once the investigation reveals further information,” Watson further stated.


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