Lae Police

Lae police warn candidates

Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr: "I want all the intending candidates and their supporters to conduct their campaign according to the laws of the elections.

"We will be out in full force to make sure these laws are observed and adhered to.”

Wagambie Jr stated that if they are in a convoy, they must sit inside their vehicles and not stand up.

He said they know those candidates are leaders in their own rights and would observe these rules but in case some accidentally step out of line or cause nuisance.

​Lae police chief welcomes new members

Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr officially welcomed the boost his manpower in the Lae Metropolitan Command.

44 new trainees, including 14 female policewomen, were posted to Lae last week after passing out from Bomana.

Wagambie Jr said his executives and the personnel were overwhelmed with the arrival of the new trainees last week.

“On behalf of the rank and file in the command of Lae Metropolitan Command, I welcome you all to assist in combating crime and at the same time, beefing up manpower,” he stated.

Lae Police tighten up on traffic rules

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said, “There is a large number of PMV buses and private vehicles locked up at the Morobe Traffic Registry yard.

“These vehicles will not be released to the owners until (vehicle) defects are fixed.

“That is for tail light defects, brakes, signals and other mechanical faults. The owners are to arrange for parts and mechanics to be brought to the yard and for vehicles to be fixed there.

Lae Police receive timely Easter blessing

“After observing how dangerous it has been for Police to do vehicles checks at night, I went about to obtain quotations for portable blue lights.

“This was to enable my suburban Police stations to conduct random roadblocks at night, to check on traffic offences, suspicious persons travelling in vehicles and deter movement of stolen motor vehicles.

“Quote was collected from Niugini Electrical Lae for 20 pieces, valued at K12,100.

Police aware of early campaigning

Northern Divisional Commander, Peter Guinness, has issued a warning to these people, whose identities are known.

"Such campaigns are against law. Their campaign period is after April 20 when the writs are open,” Guinness said.

"This is against the law. You can be arrested and charged.”

Those who are interested to contest the coming National Elections must wait for the writs to open before they start campaigning.

Serial prison escapee captured in Lae

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said, “at 6pm Police were able to apprehend a notorious criminal who had been on the run and had been committing serious crimes such as armed robberies and car thefts.

The prison escapee was captured at Papuan Compound area, with live ammunition in his possession.    

“(The suspect) had escaped from Buimo (Prison) three times, the latest being the mass break out last year.

“He has since been committing crimes with violence and has been a menace to the community.”

K30,00 worth of drugs seized in Lae

Lae Police Boss Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the drugs were destined for Kimbe, West New Britain Province.       

“The five suspects were apprehended on board a double cab Nissan Navara with the bags of drugs on board. Police CID tailed them and intercepted them.

“The prime suspect admitted to Police that he had bought the drugs from Goroka for K1,500 and wanted to take it to Kimbe to have it sold.

“The street value of the drugs at Kimbe would most likely be more than K30,000 if sold at K1 rolls,” Wagambie Jnr said.   

20 arrested over Angau disturbance

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr confirmed that the incident happened on Saturday between 9pm and 10pm.

“From police reports, there was a fight which broke out outside Huon Gulf Hotel between security guards and a group of men. The fight spilled out onto the main road where Police were able to disperse the crowd,” Wagambie Jr said.  

Lae armed robbery suspects arrested

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the suspects were part of a gang that held up staff of a mobile phone company outside ANZ Bank, Market Branch.

“Good investigative work by Lae CID led to one of the suspects being intercepted whilst travelling on a vehicle along 7th Street,” Wagambie Jr said.  

“He led police to the next suspect.”

Wagambie Jr said the second suspect is currently out on Court bail for another armed robbery case.

“When he was taken to his residence for a search, the magazines of a pistol which was stolen were found.

Man killed during marriage dispute

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the incident occurred on Saturday night at West Taraka.

“There was a domestic dispute between a husband and wife. The husband badly assaulted the wife, resulting in the family members of the wife stepping in and attacking the husband, who is now the subject of murder,” Wagambie Jr said.

Wagambie Jr said the man, who was stabbed in the fight, was pronounced dead at the Angau Hospital.   

“The suspect is a prison escapee,” said Lae’s police boss.