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.

Manus police arrest refugee over property damage

PPC Manus chief inspector David Yapu said the refugee, named Ali Reza Razmi Zirakan, aged 41, was drunk and insulted the victim and damaged their property.

The incident occurred on Saturday night (April 21) at Katen Tingou upper ward 5, Lorengau town.

The victim was offended by such abusive words referring to her private parts and reported the matter to Police, which resulted in Zirakan’s arrest.

PPC Yapu once again warned the refugees who are married to local women and living with them in the community to respect the community and abide with the laws of PNG.

Accident claims life of construction worker

The incident occurred yesterday (Feb 28) at 11am at West Lorengau refugees’ camp site.

Manus provincial police commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the deceased, from Morobe Province, was employed by NKW as an operator.

Yapu said the deceased was lifting up a big heavy duty power generator at the west side camp when the crane lost its balance to the left side and capsized, with the deceased trapped inside the cabin.

He tried to free himself and his other colleagues but without success.

Refugee involved in fight with soldiers: Police

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the refugee was armed with a small knife when he tried to attack a soldier where a fight took place at 4pm.

He said other soldiers came to their comrade’s assistance while bystanders came to help the refugee.

Police arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd, containing what could have been a nasty situation. 

Yapu said no one was seriously hurt or injured but warned people to respect the rights and freedom of refugees moving around in the town.

Manus police awareness program starts

The awareness is an important part of their policing program in the wards and local level governments, where the provincial police commander and his team visited Koronat Island and Timonai villages.

Police in the province recently created new divisions to deal with sexual offence cases and family and sexual violence and abuse cases.

The visits were used to carry out awareness on sexual offences, including family and sexual violence and abuse as well as general law and order issues such as homebrew production and consumption.