Lae Metropolitan Superintendent

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.

Lae police aim to keep roads safe this Easter

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said operations started well on Good Friday.

“I have instructed all my personnel to keep on identifying defective buses (and private vehicles).

“We are not issuing Traffic Infringement Notices but arrests.

 Wagambie Jnr said many PMV buses have been pulled off the road  during the operation.

“If they want to conduct business they must always put public safety as their priority.

“We will maintain our stance until we are able to have safe and quality service for our people.

Court bail suspect involved in robbery: Police

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr made this comment following crimes committed by people out on Court Bail in the Morobe provincial capital.  

“Police will be consulting the Public Prosecutor," he said.

People who become bail guarantors should also be dealt with when the defendant breaches bail  conditions. 

Meanwhile, a suspect has been apprehended in connection to the armed robbery at Rabtrad Supermarket last Saturday.

Wagambie Jnr said the suspect was identified on the CCTV footage because he was not wearing a mask.

Suspect in Bumbu killing identified

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed that the body was discovered by people living nearby when they went down to the river in the early hours of the morning.

“The deceased has been identified as a young woman from Eastern Highlands and resides at Talair Compound,"said Wagambie Jnr.

Initial enquiry by CID personnel found that she had gone out with a known male on Tuesday night. 

“The male subject will be picked up when located and will be interviewed.

“What happened from then on is a matter for police investigations to establish.

Robbers escaped in a getaway vehicle

About five armed men walked into the premises at around 10am in the pretext of being customers and went straight to the administration office, held up workers and made off with a substantial amount of cash in a waiting vehicle.  

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the gang were armed with factory and homemade guns and execute the robbery with precise within 10 minutes.

“Police were informed after this had happened but by then the suspects had already gone to the nearby seafront where they boarded a waiting dinghy and made the getaway.”

Young man killed while trying to maintain peace

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning at Three-Mile, Lae.

He said the deceased was a young community leader who confronted a drunken man who was causing nuisance and disturbance in the community.

“It is reported that the disorderly person’s relative came into the fight and attacked the young leader with a bush knife, killing him. The rest of the community came in and a fight erupted,” Wagambie Jnr said. 

Police tighten grip on West Taraka criminal elements

While on the run, they are armed with weapons in the West Taraka area causing residents in the area and the surrounding community to live in fear.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr says there are many more good people living in this area but they have been living with fear from criminal elements.

“I appeal to them for their cooperation so that we can all work together to take way this tag of “Wild West” from West Taraka as everyone has a right to move about freely without being held at ransom by a few criminals,” Wagambie Jnr said.

Lae public commended for quiet show weekend

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said it has always been challenging for police to ensure order during the annual event but this year was well handled by the police operations executed by his men and women.

He said while police were deployed in and outside the showground, there was order inside despite public frustrations of gaining entry because those under the influence of liquor were refused entry.

A two-day liquor ban was imposed yet many frustrated showgoers denied entry into the show grounds were drunkards

Lae residents in PNG colors

Lae MP Loujaya Kouza in addressing the people of Lae city during the 41st Independence anniversary celebrations at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium admitted that there were problems deterring day to day operations of the Police force but with a young head like Wagambie, he is able to lead his 200 plus men.

“To have a young man like you Met Supt to tame 200 plus man in Morobe is not an easy road but you have managed to tackle law and order in the province with what you have,” Ms Kouza said.

Police arrest graphic artist in relation to fake licences

This was a result of Lae Traffic police intercepting two drivers’ fake licenses and PMV drivers’ permits.

In a statement, Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said: “Lae Traffic Police and Road Safety officers were conducting random roadblocks, checking drivers' licences, unroadworthy vehicles and registration, when they came across two PMVs, of whom the drivers had a fake licence and permits”.

He says at first glance, the licence looks exactly like the ones being issued by the Traffic Registry.