Police investigate murder, arson cases

The Central police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) are in charge of the investigations. 

According to police, it was alleged that the woman was in her house when the suspect approached her from the back and slashed her neck with a bush knife. 

The CID officers confirmed this when they arrived at the crime scene to examine the body. He said police have also collected statements from eyewitnesses.

Cops told to get back to basics

He said this year in a recent meeting held with commanders from different police stations within NCD and Central Province, when highlighting their goals for the first quarter of 2023.

“As the Divisional Commander, I want to achieve in the first quarter, getting the basics right. We must be accountable for our resources, manpower and actions. This means every police station commander and OICs will be held responsible for what goes wrong under their watch,” Wagambie Jr said.  

Robbery suspect nabbed, others at large

Police said the identity of the suspect will be revealed once he is formally charged by the NCD Armed Robbery Squad.

A policeman involved in the arrest said a group of armed criminals used a white sedan and held up a shop at Hohola yesterday. The criminals stole various store goods, including cash and cigarette packets.

Assistant Commissioner of Police NCD Central, Anthony Wagambie Jr said the incident was broadcasted through the police communications network and police units who were on duty began the search across Port Moresby.

Police remove illegal vendors

The ‘clean up’ exercise conducted on illegal vendors was carried out by police units from Zone 3 Command, the Dog unit and other response units led by Gordon police this afternoon. 

Police said the marketplace outside the main market and especially at bus stops are illegal and vendors were ordered to stop. 
Before taking down the market makeshifts, police had carried out awareness this morning through to midday. 

Police conducted awareness and told vendors explaining to them why they had to stop selling things at the bus stop and around the police barracks area. 

Men jailed for possessing drugs

The men are Tazo Tinoa from Eastern Highlands Province, Raymond Peter from Aperera village, Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province and Tony Walange from Suhumu village, East Sepik Province.

East New Britain Senior Provincial Magistrate, Samuel Lavutul sentenced the three men to serve their time at Kerevat Correctional Institute, after they pleaded guilty on Friday December 30.

The three were charged early this week after police confiscated 16 kilograms of marijuana drugs from them that was carefully hidden in a bag of sweet potatoes from Lae, aboard the MV Kula.

Dead bodies found at sea

Wewak police have confirmed that three dead bodies were found at sea and were taken to the Boram General Hospital morgue in Wewak. Police said they are yet to establish the cause of the incident.
Boram Hospital's Morgue man Albert Kingu informed this newsroom that the three bodies were that of two women, one from Yangoru and the other from Maprik, East Sepik Province and the third person is a male from Usino Bundi, Madang. 

Kingu said the dead bodies were brought in yesterday afternoon. 

Wagambie commend NCD/Central Police

NCD/ Central Commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Silva Sika and PPC Central Patterson Birigi have taken the lead to ensure that operational plans are implemented this Christmas and New Year.  

He has commended Superintendent Silva Sika and PPC Birigi including officers, NCOs rank and file for the successful commencement of festive period operation so far.  

“We will make a difference in our communities to ensure that the majority of our people ,who are law abiding celebrate this period in a peaceful environment"  

Peaceful Celebration in Madang

Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent David Seine Jnr stated that the only incident that was reported was at Wagol Settlement where drunkards fought among themselves with a few properties damaged. 

He said police responded to the incident on Sunday December 25 and calmed the group of people. They were told to report to the police station to solve the issue. 

PPC Seine Jnr said he is yet to receive reports from the districts on their Christmas celebrations. 
Madang town, Ramu and Karkar were reported to be quiet. 

ENB festive security ops underway

Acting ENB Provincial Police Commander and First Officer to the PPC, Chief Inspector Gabriel Bundy, said the festive operations will conclude on the 2nd of January 2023, and will cover road checks, sea patrols, patrolling hot spot areas, executing bench warrants and looking for escapees from the Kerevat Correctional Institution.

Bundy said police will be working closely with the Ward Members and their Ward Development Committees to locate escapees.

Policeman wounded in shootout

The incident happened at Asas One Lane Bridge along the Bruce Jepchot Highway in Ramu, Madang Province. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Northern Command, Peter Guinness confirmed that one of the armed criminals was killed during the shootout while the others sustained injuries. 

ACP Guinness said that the police officers from Northern Mobile Group headquarters and the MS 13 officers were travelling in a convoy to Madang when the incident happened.