21 refugees flown to Manus

Sixteen were flown to Manus on November 2nd whilst an additional five were repatriated on the 3rd.

Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu confirmed that the 21 refugees are now accommodated at East Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 2, whilst 300 men are camped at West Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 1.

PPC Yapu also said Police Mobile Squad 19 has been deployed to escort them from Momote Airport to the refugee camps, with the help of PNG Immigration Officers and camp security.

Escapee caught

Two remain on the run and Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu has issued a warning about harboring them as they are dangerous.

The three prisoners, 23 year old, Junior Mark of Dingou, Masih village, Manus, 37 year old Mark Kereng of Pundru, Kari, and 38 year old Bill Kanat of Lundret village escaped from the Correctional service custody on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Kereng and Kanat are serving 17 and 21 years respectively for murder charges.

American arrested over drugs in Manus

The 42 year old woman had marijuana in her possession, worth K5000 street value.

She is in the country on a tourist visa and has been in Lorengau for two weeks, according to Manus’ Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu.

PPC Yapu said a team, comprising of Police, Customs and PNG Immigration officers, raided the lodge on September 22 upon complaint from the lodge management.

PPC Yapu said whilst she was in Lorengau town some of the refugees had been frequenting her room.

Refugee charged with attempted arson

 24 year old Adam Korwa was charged with attempted arson.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the Sudanese refugee allegedly had an argument with Paladin Security Guards on September 17 over the West Lorengau Refugee transit center Centre Rules, before threatening to burn down the building.  

He later set alight his beddings in his room which was put out by other refugees.

The matter was reported to Police by PNG Immigration officers which resulted in the arrest of Adam Korwa, on Friday September 21.

Refugees attempting suicides worrying

The province received reports of three attempted suicide cases, two involving refugees.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the reports of Refugees committing Suicide in Manus is worrying, and both PNG and Australian Governments should look into this situation or more deaths by suicide will take place.

On August 28 at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre, an Iranian refugee poured petrol on himself and tried to set himself alight but his roommate intervened.

One dead, others injured in Manus accident

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the driver of the utility vehicle was a refugee, who was believed to have been driving without a license.

Four people, including two local women and another refugee were onboard the vehicle when it skidded and overturned near Salasia between 5 and 6 am.  

The driver sustained a fractured shoulder while one of the female passengers who sustained internal injuries passed away at the Lorengau General Hospital at 1pm today.

Refugee dies after jumping off bus

The 54-year-old refugee, from Myanmar, was travelling in the bus shuttle from the refugee campsite at West Lorengau, Ward 1, towards Lorengau town, when he jumped out the door.

Manus provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the guard from Paladin Security, who was providing escort, attempted to stop him from jumping off the bus but was unsuccessful.

He said the refugee died instantly after landing to the rear left of the bus. His head was squashed after the wheels ran over him.

M’buke islanders begin clean-up

Clean up of houses started on Tuesday, 10 days after the winds hit and will continue.

The exercise was out off to allow the Provincial Disaster Team to carry out it's assessment of damages.

Ward Councillor Tapas Selarn Kaluwin told this newsroom a dedication service to a new Mbuke was conducted on Tuesday evening.

He said the service was to put the disaster behind them and move forward with a focus on recovery.

Manus MP and Parliament Speaker Job Pomat visited the island in Tuesday to see first hand the extent of damages.

Manus reports arson incidents

The 38 suspects were charged with Arson, Damaging Properties and Stealing.

They appeared in Lorengau District court before Senior Magistrate Francis Kalai on Monday May 14.

Their case has been adjourned to May 30 for mention. All were remanded in custody at CS Lorengau.

Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said the incident occurred at two different locations at Lopahan village, Bupichupen Lele Madih LLG and Liap Village in the PNKA LLG on Sunday May 6.


Strong winds, heavy rain wreak havoc in Manus

Information provided to this newsroom by Mbuke community in Port Moresby, from reports gathered from their families back home, described it as a cyclone although authorities are yet to issue official reports.

Amongst the damages to properties, sources reported 1 casualty.

The casualty, a child, sustained head injuries after he was hit by a tree. He was taken to Pelipowai Health Centre and later referred to Lorengau General Hospital.

The extent of the damage in other parts of the province is yet to be established.