Hela leaders threaten to shut LNG project

The people of Hela have threatened to shut down the PNG LNG Project if they do not receive any response from the Southern Highlands leaders regarding the killing of police officers last weekend.

The Hela leaders met in Port Moresby and demanded that investigations into the killing of officers must be given paramount importance.

Speaking as the Provincial Administrator and relative of the slain officers, William Bando, has called on Southern Highlands leaders, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, to address the problem, because the operations of the PNG LNG project stands to be affected by the recent ambush and murder of the police officers.

Thomas Phillar, representing the Hela tribe, called for a response by this Friday, saying they will pursue the matter until those involved are brought to justice.

Phillar said the patience of the Hela people has been stretched to a limit, where the killing of two of Hela’s sons is an eye opener that demands answers that go beyond just the murders, but the resources and benefits that belong to them.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Gari Baki has demanded for perpetrators to surrender, or be prepared to be hunted down.

More on TVWAN News tonight.

Freddy Mou