Turi: Gun shots fired were to disperse crowd

Port Moresby police have confirmed the shots fired last night were from officers trying to contain rowdy supporters and scrutineers of candidates.

The NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Commander Ben Turi described the occurrence as being forced upon by desperate candidates.

Turi also confirmed allegations that a number of supporters of candidates present at the courts yesterday were allegedly assaulted by police personnel.

However Turi said that supporters and scrutineers of candidates had packed the Rita Flynn courts and caused a nuisance in the area

He added that the courts and its surrounding areas are an eye sore with the supporters causing disturbances to the general public compromising security. 

Turi added that yesterday’s occurrence caused the police to use force – thus causing a couple of shots to be fired.

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Imelda Wavik