The Reggae icon called up the twin-island republic’s Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith on stage Sunday night during his set at the ‘I Am Legend’ concert held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
“Buju Banton, I will take a line from your song, how could you ever think, Trinidad and Tobago, don’t ever doubt we are your friends,” CoP Griffith said to the Grammy-winning entertainer. “And from GG (Gary Griffiths) to BB (Buju Banton), Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica are allies forever.”
The “Untold Stories” singer told the audience that is was time to push the reset button on relations between the two states., “Relations between the two nations must improve. We pressing the reset button,” Banton said.
On Saturday, Buju Banton had his hotel room searched by cops, who indicated they were in possession of a warrant. It was later revealed that the search was not ordered by the authorities.
Banton took to social media following the incident and posted a now-viral video.
“I’m chilling in my hotel room and the cops came to check me, a whole bunch of them saying they got a warrant to search my room and all kind of stuff,” Buju Banton said in a video.
“I just want you to know that no matter what they can’t break us, we see whats going on and we just want you to know whats going on… We see what they are planning, how can you obtain a search warrant for a hotel room on a Saturday?” The Grammy-winning entertainer asked.
Shortly after the video began to make rounds on social media, Griffith visited the Reggae superstar and issued an apology, he also assured the entertainer that a full investigation will be launched into the incident.
“After viral posting, the Trinidadian Commissioner of Police and Representative of the Jamaican consulate paid me a visit to issue an apology on behalf of the Trinidadian Police Department,” Banton wrote following the meeting. “I will not let this issue affect my love for the Trinidadian people or me as I move forward to have a wonderful night tomorrow. Trini we’re still on track love to my Trini family.”