Sema Jack – Kitchen hand to Chef

My little family and I were living in Madang many years ago and after some time with a few in’s and out’s in our lives we decided to come home to Manus where I opened a new restaurant at a hotel called Kingfisher in Manus.

When the management had put the place on rent I asked if I could do something here and the rest was history with the signing of an agreement.

I started the restaurant just recently in December of 2021, and the last couple of months in operation have been rewarding.

Father, Sons Charged With Murder

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the three accused allegedly cut the deceased on his leg and other parts of his body with a bush knife.

“The victim was rushed to Lessau health centre on December 30th, 2021, but due to the seriousness of the injuries, he was referred to the Lorengau Provincial hospital and was admitted there.

“He later died on January 3rd,”said PPC Yapu.

Manus Health Authority Gets Assistance

The funds will be used to start the construction of 1000 bed for isolation and treatment facility for COVID-19 and other respiratory disease patients. 

He said the funding is separate from the budget of K15 million allocated for a new modern hospital facility. 

Kavieng boat drifts to Manus

Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, met with them on Saturday, November 6th, on Nauna Island.

The survivors from Emirau Island, in the Murat LLG, travelled to Kavieng on October 26th when they encountered an issue with their engine.

“They drifted out at sea for five days and the current pushed them back to Manus waters and they finally ended up at one of the small islands at Nauna, in the Rapatona LLG,” said PPC Yapu.

PPC Yapu met with one of the survivors, Nedley Leban, and spoke to him about the ordeal.

Laptops stolen from NBC Manus: Police

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspects forced open the back door and gained entry into the office.

“Therein the culprits stole two Lenovo laptops, a hard drive, a grass cutter, a headphone and a small safe containing K800 for officers’ patrol allowance.

“Anyone selling laptops of similar brand or any stolen properties must be reported to the police as it is an offence to buy stolen goods.”

Police believe one of the escapees that broke out from the police cells on Sunday, July 18th, was involved in the incident.

Police officer on the run

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the officer went to the cells and released the suspect after he was offered some money.

PPC Yapu said the suspect, from Rambutso Island, was waiting for his court appearance after being charged for possession of drugs and escape from custody.

“The policeman escaped to Port Moresby when I directed my Police Station Commander and officer-in-charge to investigate the incident,” said the PPC. “He knew he was going to be arrested.”

Shots discharged after argument

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspect had an argument with his wife when he discharged three shots into the air, creating fear within the community.

The incident was reported to the Lorengau Police Station, where officers visited the suspect’s house but he was not there.

They left a message with his parents, who eventually had their son surrender himself.

The suspect was interviewed and admitted to the offence.

Boat Reported Missing

The 23-footer with 40 HP engine, loaded with bags of betelnut, headed towards Manus from Madang on May 22nd.

“It was expected to arrive at Manus on May 24th,” said provincial police commander (PPC), Chief Inspector David Yapu.

PPC Yapu said nine days have passed but the six male and two female passengers are yet to reach their destination.

A search party was sent out but returned with little success.

K10,000 drug haul in Manus

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the security team, who were conducting sea patrol and surveillance on COVID-19, were monitoring people travelling from other provinces into Lorengau.

Based on a tip off, they raided a house at Papitalai village, where they recovered the drug cache and arrested the suspect from Maprik.

The drugs have a street value of approximately K10,000.

Thirty-two-year-old Bart Warampi, from Sarakum village, will appear in the Lorengau District Court on April 6th.


Manus starts COVID-19 operation

The team comprises of 35 members from the Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, the security forces will also assist the health team with awareness and advocacy on COVID-19 measures.

“We have checked bus stops in town and set up roadblocks to check PMV drivers, crews and passengers to ensure they wear facemasks whilst traveling and carry authorised number of passengers as specified in the new measures under national public transport,” said the PPC.