Police confirm arrest of 18 students

Police confirmed that students from the University of Papua New Guinea and University of Technology, including some students from high schools in Wewak, East Sepik, were arrested this morning.

East Sepik Provincial Police Commander Peter Philips told Loop PNG that the students were arrested as they were driving around, causing a commotion and unlawful assembly in the township area.

He said he had asked them to draft a letter but he never got a response from them.

“They were just driving around town making noise and not doing any awareness,” he told Loop.

Apart from the 18 students that were arrested (nine UPNG, four Unitech and five high school students), no parents were arrested. People were just spreading unnecessary rumours, Philips said.

The students have been charged and arrested under Section 64 for Unlawful Assembly and that their bail will stand at K500.

Picture source: Kennedy Fisause. 

Annette Kora