Roadblock leads to six arrests

Six suspects from Eboa in Mekeo LLG, Central Province, were arrested yesterday for setting up an illegal roadblock.

There was a blockade set up by the people of Eboa village along the Hiritano Highway on Tuesday, Sept 19.

The illegal roadblock was set up in retaliation to a fight that erupted after the independence 9s rugby tournament of the Kairuku Member's cup.

The main highway was blocked off since Tuesday where the inland Mekeo villagers were not permitted to go through.

Central police commander Laimo Asi personally visited the roadblock and had it forcefully removed.

Asi said despite consulting the elders and the councilors, the situation was still tense as drunkards took control of the situation, prompting him to use force to remove the blockade.

Asi says the suspects will be charged for illegal roadblock, drunk and disorderly and threatening behaviour. 

Julianna Waeda