Fraud office on lockdown

The National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate was a scene to behold as Matthew Damaru’s sympathisers were moved out of their offices.

This happened despite the Waigani National Court staying the suspension of fraud director Damaru today.

The locks to the sympathisers’ office doors were also changed.

On site this afternoon, a troop carrier was used to block off the main gate of the office while a locksmith was seen changing the locks.

When contacted, Damaru said despite the court decision, he was verbally told by the deputy commissioner of police administration Raphael Huafolo that he will not be allowed back on premises.

However, later in the afternoon Damaru fronted up at the office with the court order, directing the men on ground to vacate the premises.

For now the fraud office is being watched by two groups of policemen; those who are aligned with Damaru and the ones alleged to be acting on direction by the police headquarters through the office of the commissioner and his deputies.

Huafolo, when contacted by Loop PNG, refused to comment on what he termed was an administrative issue. However, an official statement by the police hierarchy is anticipated later tonight where a media brief will be held at the Police HQ at Konedobu.

(Court re-instated fraud director Matthew Damaru [in white] outside the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate at Konedobu, Port Moresby, this afternoon.)

Julianna Waeda