Man shot dead; diesel racket link suspected

By Joel Julien

HOMICIDE detectives are investigating the possibility that the murder of an employee of United Independent Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (Unipet) may in some way be linked to the illegal diesel racket that has taken a multi-million-dollar hit in recent times.
Dead is 38-year-old Nigel Hosein.
Hosein, a father of two, worked at Unipet for 16 years. He was stationed in Chaguaramas.
Hosein went to the company’s Christmas dinner at Marriott Hotel in Port of Spain on Saturday night.
He was driving a company vehicle on his way back to his family’s La Paille, Caroni home when he was blocked by another vehicle.
A gunman exited the vehicle and opened fire.
Hosein was shot several times on the lower right side of his body.
The shooting took place along Esmeralda Drive, La Paille a stone’s throw away from Hosein’s home.
He died while undergoing emergency surgery at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope.
Within the past year, illegal diesel bunkering discoveries have caused racketeers to take a $50 million hit to their bank accounts.
But a source at National Petroleum has raised doubts about the link between Hosein’s death and the diesel racket, citing the fact that there is no evidence that Unipet is in any way connected to the illegal trade.
When the Express visited Hosein’s home yesterday, relatives were too distraught to speak.
In an unrelated incident, detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a man found murdered in Laventille on Saturday night.
Around 8 p.m., members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) were on patrol along Laventille Road in Laventille when they came across the body of a man lying in a pool of blood in a track in the vicinity of St Barbs.
The man had gunshot wounds to the head.
He was described as being slim built and in his 30s.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 800-TIPS.
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