Buimo breakout very unfortunate, says Baki

The recent Buimo jail breakout in Lae, Morobe Province was a very unfortunate situation.

This was the comment from Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki in a media conference this morning at the Police headquarters.

Baki states that in his view of what had happened, there is always reaction to what has happened in the jails.

He adds that it’s time we give considerations to the structure that is supporting our jails.

There may be other contributing factors however, Baki said he did not want to talk about how the Correctional Service has managed its affairs.

“We need to look at the infrastructure internally that supports the CS in doing their jobs as a lot of the infrastructures were built in the colonial era and we need to get rid of the old ones and build new ones that can help make their jobs a little bit easier,” Baki said.

He stressed that at this point in time, the overcrowding in jails is very alarming that the ratio of CS officers to prisoners is insufficient.

“We need to look at the bigger problem than addressing the smaller issue.”

The complete investigative report is yet to reach the commissioners desk therefore, it is unclear whether they were shot by CS officers or by the police.

It is certain that a team is being set up to investigate into the Buimo breakout.


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Annette Kora