Commissioner Baki told Loop PNG this morning that the killings were ridiculous and unnecessary.
“We are losing policemen’s lives for unnecessary reasons. These people do not have any dignity for life, let alone care about human life at all.”
Believed to be election-related, Baki said it is obvious that these were supporters of the losing candidate.
“These officers don’t even know that these people are supporters of the losing candidate or if they were disappointed about the declaration of William Powi.”
He said those police officers had nothing to do with these fights; that kind of mentality in the Highlands has to stop.
Baki said he will be flying into Mendi, Southern Highlands Province, to make sure that the place is shut down.
“Even if I have to shut the police station down and remove all the officers there, I will do it.”
He said the force cannot keep losing more dedicated and loyal men to senseless killings like this every day just because supporters are unhappy about a candidate’s declaration.
“This has to stop and it must stop now,” Baki said.
The commissioner added that it is disheartening, considering they had launched the Police Memorial Plaque at Bomana Police College last Friday, only to find out the next day that two more innocent lives have been lost.
(A picture of the incident uploaded recently on Facebook forums)