David Manning

Police to investigate senior Health Dept officials

In a statement, David Manning said: “Basically, the Public Accounts Committee has identified criminal culpability on the part of a number of senior Health Department officials so we are in the process of interviewing them.

“Whilst the PAC has suspended its inquiry until the new year, the Police Force has a moral obligation to the people of PNG to investigate and take immediate appropriate action.

“I am grateful to the support given by both the Minister for Health and the Secretary for Health in this regard. We will work closely with them to ensure that justice prevails.

Manning congratulated on appointment

“I thank the Marape-Steven Government, through the NEC, for making this appointment, where we had three acting positions of Commissioner and the two Deputies. This had caused uncertainty not only within the Constabulary but in the country and communities as well,” stated Wagambie Jnr.

“There can only be one Police Commissioner and two Deputies. It is the prerogative of the Government of the day to appoint, whilst following due process.

Gun dealer’s licence cancelled

Documents held by the Royal PNG Constabulary indicated that the PNG firearms dealer had imported high powered firearms specifically for the exclusive use of the Royal PNG Constabulary and not for sale or transfer to a third party.

However, a review recently carried out by the Royal PNG Constabulary and international partner agencies had revealed that a large quantity of these firearms have been sold to third parties in PNG.

RPNGC commits to B’ville referendum

Manning said the Government of PNG has allocated K7.5 million for police security operations for the Bougainville Referendum. The RPNGC involvement will see a total of 50 police personnel from around PNG being deployed to Bougainville to assist the Bougainville Police Service (BPS).

“These police personnel deployed to Bougainville are actually Bougainvilleans working in other parts of PNG or other Papua New Guineans with attachments to Bougainville through marriage,” Manning stated.

Lawyer representing O’Neill arrested, charged

Acting Commissioner of Police, David Manning, said the principal lawyer of NiuAge Lawyers, along with a Waigani Court Registry Clerk, were both arrested and charged for the following offences:

Police confirm receiving letter of complaint from Chief Justice

In a press briefing this afternoon at the Police headquarters, David Manning said he received a formal complaint from Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika on Tuesday, November 12th.

“That particular complaint was also cc’ed (carbon copied) to the Chief Ombudsman,” stated Manning.

Oro signs agreement with police

Acting Commissioner Manning signed the MoA at the National Police Headquarters in Port Moresby with Governor Gary Juffa. The signing was witnessed by staff from the Oro Provincial Government and senior police officers.

Manning said the MoA was significant for the Constabulary in that it would allow the constabulary to further engage with communities to develop more workable strategies in addressing law and order in and around PNG.

Acting Commissioner condemns police officer’s killing

He has directed additional police reinforcements and detectives to Tari to investigate the shooting.

He said the killers must be arrested and the stolen police issued firearms recovered.

Manning brushed aside suggestions that this could have been payback killing for the alleged police shootings at Erima in the National Capital District.

Distress call buttons for banks, major businesses

This is in a bid to improve police response time and deter crime.

Acting Police Commissioner, David Manning, said the plan is to get this initiative rolling with the Chamber of Commerce in Port Moresby before doing the same for the other major centres throughout the country.

“The proposal to install distress call buttons connecting major business houses with the main police operations centre will prompt police to respond immediately and accurately when businesses come under criminal attack.

Maritime safety, security to be enhanced

The signing ceremony, which took place at the National Police Headquarters at Konedobu in the National Capital District, was witnessed by senior officials from the PNG Defence Force, the National Fisheries Authority, the PNG Australia Policing Partnership and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.