Hela residents urged to maintain peace

Provincial police commander, Teddy Agwi, made this comment after 16 vehicles belonging to ExxonMobil were captured at Poroma last Thursday in Southern Highlands Province.

He says people should respect each other and maintain peace and harmony in their communities.

On another note, PPC Agwi says police operations for Christmas Eve have already commenced, adding people should observe the event in its true spirit while those who misbehave will be dealt with accordingly.

(Article by Jim John – third year UPNG Journalism student)


Enga farewells late police officer

The late Inspector Steven Pakunara, who originated from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, served the people of Enga for over 34 years until his passing.

Provincial Police Commander, Senior Inspector Epenes Nili, described the late Pakunara as a man of discipline and maturity.

“Yumi lusim wanpla man lo kamapim na sheipim na mouldim wanpla man lo kamap olsem komishend ofisa,” PPC Nili said.

“Em i save teikim taim na risos na mani lo kamapim kain man olsem Steven Pakunara lo kamap olsem komishend ofisa, em i no wanpla liklik samting.”

Police confirm killing of two Chinese men

Provincial Police Commander for North Fly command, Silva Sika, said the victims had been operating shops in the Lake Murray area for some months when they were killed.

The reason behind the killings is yet to be established.

PPC Sika said the three suspects, believed to be from Hela Province, were captured and are now in police custody.

Fourteen police personnel, including CID from the North Fly district, assisted police in Middle Fly to apprehend the suspects.

The suspects are now at the Daru police station lock up, awaiting court mention.

Senior Constable charged for releasing suspect

Fifty-year-old Philip Otto from Simbu Province was arrested and charged with one account of Abuse of Office under section 42(1) of the PNG Criminal Code Act, Chapter 62.

According to court documents, the accused allegedly approached Constable Benjamin Dominic and told him that the suspect is his son-in-law, and wanted him to be released under his assurance and his guarantee.

Police alleged that the accused aided his son-in-law to escape and was never located after he was detained in the cell block from allegedly stealing a motor vehicle.

Rise in drug trafficking along borders: Police

He revealed recently that those involved in transporting marijuana, among other drugs, were mostly youths and some elderly men residing in the most remote villages located right inside unreachable mountainous terrain, flood plains and swampy areas of the province.

He said if those transporting route and spots or tip of areas are well monitored, this would reduce the high rate of drug trafficking.

The reason why there is no effective monitoring is because of the lack of logistics like dinghies and manpower to do proper border patrols.

Here to serve, force reminded

This was the reminder issued to all police personnel by acting NCD-Central Commander, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

“There been so much mud-slinging at Police in recent times,” he stated.

“I want to remind all members of the Constabulary that we are members of a Royal institution.

“We have sworn an oath to protect and preserve justice for our people.

New motorcycles for Wewak police

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations, Donald Yamasombi, said the last time Wewak residents saw policemen on motorcycles was about 20 years ago. He said this time the younger generation will get a chance to see and appreciate the role of traffic police mounted on these classic looking police motorcycles.

While officiating at the handover ceremony in Wewak last week, Deputy Commissioner Yamasombi urged traffic police personnel in Wewak to use the motorcycles wisely and look after them with great care and responsibility.

Acting Commissioner disappointed with parole board

The suspect, a male adult from Bereina in Central Province, was jailed for incest in 2001 but released on parole in July 2019.

Police in the Central Province arrested the suspect on July 22nd for allegedly re-committing the same crime against his own biological daughter.

Acting Commissioner Manning said: “I am utterly disappointed with the parole board for literally allowing the suspect to abuse the victim again.


Murder suspects to appear in Lorengau court

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said 24-year-old Popsie Popou Pondrilei and 27-year-old Selan Nick, both from Naringel village, were arrested over the murder of Victor Sapak Nadrasile.

They will appear at the Lorengau Committal Court today.

Both men are employed by a local security contractor, providing security services to China Harbour at Momote Airport.

PPC Yapu said the body of the deceased was discovered on the afternoon of October 7th after he was allegedly murdered and dumped into the lake at Naringel village.

Suspects nabbed in undercover operation

NCD/Central Commander, Anthony Wagambie Jr, said detectives acting on a tip-off and CCTV footages supplied by victims of crime conducted surveillance on the movement of these two suspects and nabbed them near the Waigani Mobil Service Station.

Wagambie said a shop at the ATS settlement at the back of Jackson’s airport was held up by several gunmen and K16,000 in cash was stolen on Sunday June 16th, 2019.

The same gang allegedly went to Badili, held up employees of a shop and stole K9,817.80 in cash before escaping in a waiting car.