Relatives of youth killed during eviction exercise call for justice

Relatives of the youth shot dead during the eviction excerise carried out by police at a Port Moresby settlement recently want justice for his death.

The eviction exercise was carried out last weekend at one of the five settlement zones at Morata and Wildlife settlement areas.

The settlements lie within the 1000 acres of land which is currently under development by developer Net Holdings Investment Limited.

The late Ira Ori was shot dead during a commotion between the settlers, the developer and police after the settlers tried to stop the eviction from taking place as they weren’t given an eviction notice.

The victim, from Kauwo Village in the Pangia District, Southern Highlands Province came to Port Moresby few years ago to study.

He graduated recently with a Diploma in Accounting at a business institution in Moresby and was looking forward to a bright future.

The late Ori was 23 years old and left behind a wife and an eight month old baby.

His uncle Solomon Simon and few relatives traveled in from Pangia last week after hearing about the tragic incident.

Simon said his late nephew wasn’t part of the commotion but was an innocent victim of the conflict.

The uncle explained that Ori was shot while spectating from a distance at what was happening to his neighborhood.

Simon called for justice to prevail and that those involved to take full responsibility for his death.

He called on the developer to come forward and apologise to his family and help to meet all funeral expenses for the body to be flown back to Pangia.

He said the family is saddened by the incident as an innocent life is lost.

PNG Loop is yet to get comments from the developer.

Quintina Naime