Former Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, says he first heard of an extradition request for Tivoli strongman, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, through media reports.

This as he gave testimony this morning at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

Mr. Ellington also told the Commission that he was first made aware of an order to arrest Coke, when former Prime Minister Bruce Golding gave a national broadcast on May 17, 2010.

The former Police chief says when the security forces moved to arrest Coke, they did so based on a strategic plan designed to minimize civilian injury or casualty.

According to Mr. Ellington, intelligence reports suggested that over 3-hundred criminals from across the island, were assembled in Tivoli Gardens to carry-out coordinated attacks against the security forces and residents of the community.

Owen Ellington, former Police Commissioner.