Erima

Flyover area to be monitored

However, illegal vending and the use of the area underneath the flyover have given rise to criminal and other illegal activities.

The National Capital District Commission says the area under the flyover is now out of bound and penalties will be imposed to intruders.

NCDC Regulatory Services and City Manager Bernard Kipit say effective as of March 22nd, all vending and commuting under the area beneath the Kumul Flyover must be stopped.

Erima shooting investigation progressing well: Police

The investigative case is now with ballistics team for bullet shell casings to be screened and tested.

NCD police boss, Perou N’Dranou, said to investigate any case or report, police are given three months to investigate.

“We are into the first month and we are already doing well on it,” N’Dranou stated.

The chief investigator in his briefs states that investigations have completed the initial stage – the scene of crime management.

The five bullet shells were with forensics and will now go to ballistics to be tested.

Bus runs over 15yo, chaos ensues

The teen died instantly, says Gordon’s police station commander (PSC) Toby Hamago.

This led to chaos at the area, where relatives of the boy retaliated and attacked more than ten PMV buses from different routes; some causing harm to the passengers.

About five taxi drivers were also attacked.

The PSC stated that around 7am today, the boy was on his way to see his mother, who is a contracted roadside cleaner. After seeing his mother, he crossed the road to go to school when the bus hit him.

Police still investigating Erima murder case

The defendant, suspended police officer Steven Numbos of East Sepik Province, returned to the Waigani Committal Court today for a brief mention of his case.

His case was further adjourned to April 4 after police prosecution gave an update to the court on the progress of the case.

The 44-year-old was formally arrested and charged with wilful murder on Dec 30, 2016.

Police allege Numbos shot a man, known to the court as Ija Mulugu, using a high-powered rifle on July 22, 2016.

Criminals pose as Eda Ranu staff

Four youths, dressed in Eda Ranu uniforms, allegedly used that vehicle earlier this week to gain access into a private residence and pretended to check water pipes.

Fortunately, they left the place in a hurry as residents grew suspicious of their presence.

Police Operations have been notified to keep a lookout for this vehicle.

A similar incident also took place at Erima two weeks ago when a family lost a lot of their personal items to criminals wearing Eda Ranu uniforms. 

Digicel staff begin visits to learning centres to celebrate Christmas

The Digicel Foundation Christmas Community Learning Centres X-mas Visit Program 2016, is an annual event organised by the Digicel Foundation team, which invites staff members from every Digicel department to participate.

During these visits, Digicel staff members share the spirit of Christmas with the children from 12 CLC and also took the opportunity to acknowledge and reward the students for their achievements throughout the academic year.

Early Christmas for Erima children

Laden with sweets, gifts and goodie bags, Digicel staff were greeted at the gate with hearty carols and beaming smiles from the more than 150 students, ranging from 3 to 12 years old.

Their smiles soon turned into earsplitting grins when Santa came swaggering in to join the party. Everyone rushed to shake hands with Santa as he let out a jovial “Ha ha ha!” instead of the traditional “ho ho ho” that we are all used to.

The initiative is part of Digicel PNG Foundation’s annual CLC Christmas program.

Businessman found with illegal firearm at Pom road check

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi says the businessman will be going in for further questioning about how the unlicensed firearm ended up in his possession.

“We are looking to get to the bottom of where he got this firearm from; the bullets are alleged to be from the PNGDF armoury.”

PNGDF has been alerted and investigations are underway to find out who sold the pistol and bullets to the businessman.

Turi thanks officers on duty for confiscating the firearm during these routine checks.

PM condemns police action after death of man

Investigations are underway both by the police Internal Investigation Unit and NCD police as apparently it involved NCDC police.

“The role of police is to mediate and resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner, and we are seeing situations where this is not the case.

“We appreciate the work of police who are doing their best to maintain peace and order in our communities.

“But there are a few Police that are not using reasonable means to address challenges they face and they jump into situations where they are trigger happy.