Anthony Wagambie Jnr

​Police urge Lae residents to be vigilant

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed with Loop PNG that 17 of the male prisoners were killed during the escape, three were recaptured and 57 are still at large.

“We anticipate an increase in criminal activities in the city, with these people on the run. The public must be vigilant,” Wagambie Jnr said.  

“The majority of those that escaped were arrested for serious crimes and were in custody awaiting trial.”

The Lae Police boss appealed to the 57 prisoners still on the run to surrender.  

Lae reports prompt police response

In the space of 6 days, the Lae Police Command has made arrests in two separate robberies in the Morobe provincial capital.  

Two suspects were intercepted and arrested after holding up BNBM Hardware on Monday when trying to make their getaway in a stolen vehicle.        

And on Saturday, police arrested two suspects who robbed a shop at Eriku. This happened 10 minutes after the alarm was raised.  

“The Sector Response Unit has blended in well with other units,” Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said.  

Lae police apprehend notorious criminal

“There was an armed robbery at about 4pm yesterday at a Chinese shop situated next to Saint Mary's Primary School, away from the main shopping centre,” Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said.

The new sector patrol, installed by the Lae Police Command, had been effective, with timely responses to major crimes in the city. 

 “The response time and men on foot were less than ten minutes,” Wagambie Jnr said.   

“Two suspects apprehended with their weapons and stolen cash.

New law and order policing effective in Lae

The Lae Police command under the helm of Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr is responding faster to crimes committed in the Morobe provincial capital.       

That was evident in apprehending three suspects involved in the BNBM Hardware robbery on Monday, after police blocked off their escape routes when alarm was raised of the crime.         

Wagambie Jnr said “police in Lae have adopted the Sector Patrol Concept of policing which is supported by our Sector Response Unit (SRU) and Mobile Sqaud 13.

Expat stabbed in attempted robbery in Lae

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the attempted armed robbery happened at BNBM Hardware at about 8.30am.

“A gang of more than six men stormed the shop and held up security guards, staff and customers.

“They proceeded to the administration office and tried to get cash from the safe but resistance was put up by the Chinese national manager.

“The armed robbers attacked him by stabbing him with knives.” 

Wagambie Jnr said quick police response when alerted resulted in three of the suspects and weapons used in the robbery apprehended.   

Respect the democratic process: Lae Police Boss

That is an appeal from Lae Police command boss, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.  

Metropolitan Superintendent Wagambie Jnr said, police will remain neutral and allow the election process to take place in a transparent manner.

“I want to appeal to everyone to take ownership of the election process to make it safe, fair and trouble free.”

 Wagambie Jnr said police will also be involved in awareness as part of its community obligation.

Lae police warn candidates

Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr: "I want all the intending candidates and their supporters to conduct their campaign according to the laws of the elections.

"We will be out in full force to make sure these laws are observed and adhered to.”

Wagambie Jr stated that if they are in a convoy, they must sit inside their vehicles and not stand up.

He said they know those candidates are leaders in their own rights and would observe these rules but in case some accidentally step out of line or cause nuisance.

​Lae police chief welcomes new members

Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr officially welcomed the boost his manpower in the Lae Metropolitan Command.

44 new trainees, including 14 female policewomen, were posted to Lae last week after passing out from Bomana.

Wagambie Jr said his executives and the personnel were overwhelmed with the arrival of the new trainees last week.

“On behalf of the rank and file in the command of Lae Metropolitan Command, I welcome you all to assist in combating crime and at the same time, beefing up manpower,” he stated.

Double murder suspect arrested in Lae

According to Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, the murder suspect was earlier arrested for two murder cases, but escaped in February 2016 while being held in custody at Buimo Correctional facility.

Wagambie Jnr said the suspect had averted arrest on numerous occasions because of the aide of his supporters at Butibam village.     

“Whilst on the run, he has been threatening and harassing the village community.

“Police were informed of his whereabouts on Saturday, and surrounded his hiding location where he was apprehended.

Lae Police arrest 107 during Easter operations

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said most of the people arrested were because of alcohol related offences.         

“I commend my personnel who worked double shifts throughout the long weekend to ensure public safety was maintained.”

 Wagambie Jnr said random road blocks conducted at night were aided by the kind donation of portable blue lights by Lae based companies Niugini Electrical and NFC Freighters.