Manus police report escape of prisoners

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said most of the offenders were charged for minor offences whilst four were for indictable offences.

He said they could have used hacksaw blades to cut the iron bar and made their escape from the cell.

So far, three have surrendered to Police, including a murder suspect.

PPC Yapu, who was frustrated over the escape of the prisoners, had directed his Police Station Commander to investigate and take appropriate actions.

NCDC liquor licensing inspectors on the move

NCDC senior liquor licensing officer, Irish Boroba, and Moresby South inspector, Tom Kamtai, set off towards the Five-Mile settlement under police escort, armed with a checklist consisting of the name of liquor trading outlets and whether or not they were licensed. As explained by Boroba, they were updating their list from 2017, where notices were issued to outlets.

Residents were surprisingly welcoming during the first stopover where inspector Kamtai raised awareness on the illegal alcohol trade and the functions of the National Capital District Commission.

Woman allegedly robbed off over K60,000

The four suspects, all from Hela Province, were part of a seven-man gang whom police believe had colluded to rob the victim, a gold buyer, after seeing a stash of cash in her possession near the Erima Flyover.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said two of these suspects were arrested after members of the NCD Fox Units retrieved and viewed CCTV footages showing them loitering and selling cigarettes to the victim at the crime scene.

N’Dranou said the policemen interviewed them and obtained names of five more suspects involved in this crime.

Audit into police expenditure launched

This is in pursuit of restoring transparency, accountability and compliance within the Constabulary.

This was announced today by Commissioner Manning at the National Police Headquarters in Port Moresby.

This is one of a number of swift actions Commissioner Manning is embarking on in line with the Marape-Steven Government’s intentions to ensure transparency and accountability and to strengthen the command and control mechanisms of the Constabulary.

Police budget workshop underway

The police planners are going through the workshop to adjust their budgets for this year.

When opening the workshop, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police and chief of administration, Joanne Clarkson, said the workshop is to assist the provincial police commands plan and utilise well their limited funds for the year.

She said the Constabulary was not given all the funds it requested in the 2020 budget allocation so must make do with what was given to them.


Man in fishing gun incident passes away

The victim, Ngimuli Joel, aged 37 of Sone village, Baluan Island of Balopa LLG, was speared with a fishing gun on the left side of his abdomen, which penetrated out his right side.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the incident occurred on December 28th during a homebrew brawl at Sone village, Baluan Island.

The victim was transported by boat to Lorengau General Hospital and underwent an operation to remove the spear.

Marked improvement after sector patrol trial: Commander

In a statement, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police and Divisional Commander NCD-Central, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said: “We have seen a remarkable improvement in frontline policing, especially with regard to teamwork and coordination involving the support of our K9 Units and Mobile Squads. This has eased the burden on our suburban police stations, enabling them to attend to complaints at the counter.

“We also have the three NCD Zone Commanders and their Station Commanders planning and executing mini operations within their areas of operations.

Chinese man falls to his death

Forensic police and ambulance workers attended to the mutilated body, which was behind a shipping container outside the hotel.

Homicide detectives extracted CCTV footage from the hotel, which showed the victim walking to a door inside the hotel.

He was seen walking past a clearly marked ‘restricted area’.

There was nothing else of his movements or whereabouts before his body was discovered.

Police said this is the only evidence they have of the deceased when he was still alive.

Porgera leaders condemn assault on policemen

Speaking after the attack on police on Sunday night that left two officers with extremely serious gunshot injuries, the former chairman of the Porgera Landowners Association, Mark Tony Ekepa, and the Chair of the Porgera District Women’s Association, Serah Erasi, said the actions of the perpetrators were a further example of the mindless behaviour of a violent group of outsider criminals who are causing great fear and disruption in Porgera.

Police allegedly attempt to extort K60,000 from official

Their accomplice, an officer with the Works Department, will also be charged accordingly.

The men were apprehended today following a covert operation by the Police Internal Affairs Directorate.

Kikori District Administrator and chief executive officer to the Kikori MP, Tars Sauka, was purportedly arrested on December 24th at the Laguna Hotel after a District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) meeting.