Manus

Betelnut movement concerns Manus police

Chief Inspector Yapu said despite the State of Emergency (SOE) orders, “people are still transporting bags of betelnut from Wewak and Madang to Manus for sales”.

“So far, my members on COVID-19 operations, including the mobile squad 10, confiscated a total of 103 bags of betelnut, destroyed them, impounded their boats and arrested them for breaching SOE orders.

“We will try to improve our capabilities and capacities with limited resources at our disposal on sea surveillance,” PPC Yapu added.

Chinese nationals robbed by masked suspects: Police

Police in Manus reported that they were held up at China harbor compound at Momote Airport.

Manus provincial police commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the four suspects used a gun, bush knives and iron rods and stole their mobile phones, clothing and K12,000 cash in the cabinet.

“The suspects also assaulted the two victims, who sustained injuries to parts of their body and head,” stated Yapu.

The incident occurred between 3 and 4am on Monday, February 10th.

Manus police report escape of prisoners

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said most of the offenders were charged for minor offences whilst four were for indictable offences.

He said they could have used hacksaw blades to cut the iron bar and made their escape from the cell.

So far, three have surrendered to Police, including a murder suspect.

PPC Yapu, who was frustrated over the escape of the prisoners, had directed his Police Station Commander to investigate and take appropriate actions.

Man in fishing gun incident passes away

The victim, Ngimuli Joel, aged 37 of Sone village, Baluan Island of Balopa LLG, was speared with a fishing gun on the left side of his abdomen, which penetrated out his right side.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the incident occurred on December 28th during a homebrew brawl at Sone village, Baluan Island.

The victim was transported by boat to Lorengau General Hospital and underwent an operation to remove the spear.

First ever quiet celebrations: PPC

Provincial Police Commander, Chief inspector David Yapu, commended the Manus people for behaving well and taking heed of the Police awareness.

“We had the liquor ban imposed in the province from December 24 to January 1, 2020. And this also led to peaceful New Year celebrations in the province,” stated the PPC.

“From our statistics, in the past we know that alcohol contributes to various law and order issues and with the liquor ban imposed, it had greatly assisted us with peaceful new celebrations.

Sporting equipment for Manus youths

Although operating predominantly in Port Moresby and Lae, the PNG-APP this month extended its assistance to the Buyang village.

On 2 December 2019, PNG-APP Logistics Team Leader, Nigel Page, and Inspector David Thatcher, Public Safety, travelled to Manus Island. They were accompanied by NCD Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, who is from Buyang village.

Investigation into Chinese shop blaze resumes

Police initial investigation into the fire on September 22nd, 2017, was not completed due to funding constraint.

However, this matter was raised by Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin on the floor of National Parliament on the outcome of police investigation into the incident, which Police Minister Bryan Kramer gave the assurance that police will reopen.

The investigation team is currently on ground with two AFP officers who will be assisting them.

Refugee to do hard labour for sexual offence

Acting Judge Sinclair Gora on Friday (Sept 27) sentenced Pakistan man, Mohammad Nasir Hussein, a refugee who has been in Manus for the past six years, to six years in jail.

The Lorengau National Court earlier convicted Hussein for the persistent sexual abuse of a victim aged 14 years old in Lorengau.

The Pakistan man had befriended the minor in 2017, and over a period of time was said to have assaulted the girl, which resulted in her parents placing a complaint with police, leading to his arrest.

Prison escapees on sex crimes recaptured

A total of five arrests were made for escapees from the Lorengau Correctional Service last week and charged for escape.

The lack of manpower, rundown facilities and overcrowding of prisoners are among many issues faced at this correctional institute, which needs the urgent attention of the CS management, even for a small province like Manus.

The following were recaptured last week:

Manus refugee centre finally closes

All contracts to service providers on the island have also been terminated as of September 1st.

Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, announced this, saying it is the most significant milestone to date in ending regional processing in Manus Province, with the termination of lead Australian Government service provider on 1 September 2019.