Lae Police

VIDEO: Wagambie warns Buimo escapees

Wagambie confirmed that 57 escapees are still at large with three recaptured and in custody he further warned the community in and around Lae to anticipate an increase in crime.

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Wagambie Jnr assures residents

This is to ensure public safety, says Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

Residents have been advised to take necessary precautions when moving about in the city.

More than 50 escapees from Buimo are still on the run following the jail break on Friday, May 12.

Exact details will be released by the Correctional Service to Police soon.

The names and locations of these escapees will be made known so the public can assist Police where possible.


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​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 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.

Lae Police tighten up on traffic rules

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said, “There is a large number of PMV buses and private vehicles locked up at the Morobe Traffic Registry yard.

“These vehicles will not be released to the owners until (vehicle) defects are fixed.

“That is for tail light defects, brakes, signals and other mechanical faults. The owners are to arrange for parts and mechanics to be brought to the yard and for vehicles to be fixed there.

Lae Police receive timely Easter blessing

“After observing how dangerous it has been for Police to do vehicles checks at night, I went about to obtain quotations for portable blue lights.

“This was to enable my suburban Police stations to conduct random roadblocks at night, to check on traffic offences, suspicious persons travelling in vehicles and deter movement of stolen motor vehicles.

“Quote was collected from Niugini Electrical Lae for 20 pieces, valued at K12,100.

Police aware of early campaigning

Northern Divisional Commander, Peter Guinness, has issued a warning to these people, whose identities are known.

"Such campaigns are against law. Their campaign period is after April 20 when the writs are open,” Guinness said.

"This is against the law. You can be arrested and charged.”

Those who are interested to contest the coming National Elections must wait for the writs to open before they start campaigning.

Serial prison escapee captured in Lae

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said, “at 6pm Police were able to apprehend a notorious criminal who had been on the run and had been committing serious crimes such as armed robberies and car thefts.

The prison escapee was captured at Papuan Compound area, with live ammunition in his possession.    

“(The suspect) had escaped from Buimo (Prison) three times, the latest being the mass break out last year.

“He has since been committing crimes with violence and has been a menace to the community.”