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Police presence gradually returns to HB

The Police Superintendent of Operations, Michael Tilae, says while they have yet to officially meet with the community members, his units are now responding to calls from Port Moresby’s big village.

Since 2015, there has been a police ban going into the village following the HB shooting incidents which led to a stand-off with police in the area.

In a meeting with the NCD Metropolitan command, leaders have over the last two months began dialogue to get police presence back into the village.

Police wait on HB meet

The NCD Metropolitan police commander, Perou N’Dranou says pending the outcome of a joint consultative meeting that the elders will have with the community, there is a real big need for police to go back into the big village.

To date N’Dranou notes that there are reports of major drug, homebrew and stolen vehicle activities in the village, a situation that he says has gotten out of hand since the ‘2015 police pull out’.

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Suggested outcomes for ‘big village’

Commander Michael Tilae warned however that the villagers have two options: To either lift the ban or allow for the police to come in and carry out community policing.

Tilae says the forum they hold needs to emphasise that police will not come in light-handed.

He said that the people need to take responsibility but also note that the police will need to carry out their duties diligently.

HB homebrew issue highlighted

Town police station commander, Ben Levi says that his personnel have to date caught numerous PMV busses smuggling the illegal alcohol out of the Hanuabada area.

He says that the festive period has seen more offenders try to take homebrew out of the village to run sales in other communities.

PSC Levi says that he is working on dialogue with leaders at the big village to deal with this issue which leads to numerous law and order situations around the community.

Frustrated locals block off HB road

Villagers have blocked off the main road.

This comes after a local was served an eviction by an unmarked white 10 seater with police men dressed in police task force uniform.

Landowner and resident for 46 years, Gari Garia told Loop PNG that the matter was still in court adding that this came as a surprise to him and his family.

Village elders confirmed also that they had no knowledge of the matter.

They said it is their understanding that any matter regarding land issues, they should be consulted.

Hardest part is gathering evidence: Internal Affairs

Ali said they had managed to get information from witnesses who were present during the incident that implicated some police officers.

“We’ve also interviewed some of the officers who were believed to be involved in the incident.”

Ali says other than that, they are still trying to assess the information they have collected to confirm the identities of the policemen.

He adds that although it is easier to identify people, the hardest part of it is gathering evidence which will be able to withstand judicial scrutiny when tested in court.

Swapping batting gloves for gardening gloves

These two sides of Hanuabada have been united in the face of tragedy.

Rarua Morea Gau was one ordinary Hanuabada man enjoying his favourite NRL game match on a Saturday when the fire tragedy struck.

For Rarua and the other victims, this Saturday has been one of the best since that fateful weekend.

Much of the dirty work has been done by some of PNG's most elite sportspeople who just happen to be neighbours as well.

HB Fire: Traffic warned to avoid area

Vehicle and PMVs were turned back from the main entry road into the village with both ends of the entry junctions blocked off.

Fire trucks were observed on sight trying to contain the fire.

Loop PNG managed to get some information from St John Ambulance staff that were on site at the village.

Currently seven patients have been treated for deep lacerations, smoke inhalation and dehydration.

Chief Fire Officer for St John Ambulance, Matt Cannon, has warned Moresby town residents to also avoid the Hanuabada area.

​EMPNG throws support behind cancer foundation

ExxonMobil PNG, on behalf of PNG LNG, has contributed K165,000 towards PNG Cancer Foundation’s Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP). This brings ExxonMobil PNG’s support to K269,700 for PNGCF awareness programs since 2014.

The partnership will see the program rolled out to schools in Papa Lealea, Hanuabada, Baruni, Boera, Tatana, Porebada, Port Moresby, Hides and Moro. 

​Motu-Koita neglected for too long: Candidate

Their lands have been taken away from them and their villages lack basic services, among other things. This will and must stop!

This was the main message to more than a thousand people gathered on Wednesday evening at Gabi village, Hanuabada, to witness the first rally of Moresby north-west candidate Russel Simon Wavik.

Wavik is running under the People’s Progress Party banner.

The message was clear, it was time for the people to choose a person they believe would lead them to fight for their livelihood.