CJ Attack: Police to hold talks with tribes

Police in Enga will hold peace mediation talks tomorrow over a sorcery related killing that is alleged to have led to the attack on Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia yesterday afternoon in his home province.

Sir Salamo was attacked along with his armed close protection officers by a group of men from a neighboring tribe while travelling from his village in the Tsak valley to Wapenamanda to catch a flight.

There were no deaths from the incident yesterday but a few police men including the Chief Justice received injuries. Sir Salamo was then taken to Kungumanda Foursquare hospital where he was treated with cuts to his arm.

Enga Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent George Kakas, said the attack stems from sorcery related allegations, and he has ordered the Wabag Police Station Commander to get the two tribes together for a meet tomorrow.

He said prior to the attack on Sir Salamo’s travelling party yesterday, there were sorcery related accusation that led to the burning and torture of two women who were initially suspected of killing a man through sorcery.

Kakas said the attack on Sir Salamo was done by youths who wanted money and brought sorcery related killing into play.

 “Their main motive was to get compensation from the Chief Justice as he was travelling so they set up the road block.” 

Meantime, one of the two women attacked in the sorcery related incident last month received serious injuries after hot iron rods were inserted into her private parts. She has been hospitalized since.

“She cannot go to the toilet, she’s passing waste in a plastic bag,” Kakas said.

The Judiciary is yet to release an official statement regarding the attack on Sir Salamo.

Minister for Justice and Attorney General Davis Steven told this newsroom the attack is very serious and raises legal issues and broad implications from the government.

He is getting reports from relevant authorities and will be releasing a statement soon on behalf of the government.


(File picture of Sir Salamo in Port Moresby.­­)

Sally Pokiton