Provincial Police Commander

Fourth escape for high-risk prisoner

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the escapee, Wendal Agua, aged 28 from Likum village, climbed over the razor fence with another prisoner, 22-year-old Kevin Murimbe, on January 31st.

The PPC said Agua was charged with wilful murder, where he was convicted by the National Court on April 10th, 2019, and sentenced to 30 years in hard labour.

Criminals better equipped: Commander

Provincial police commander, Peter Barkie, said this is the sad reality on ground.

Once synonymous with tourism, the beautiful island province of Milne Bay has been rocked with shootouts, arson, petty crimes and piracy; a nightmare for the majority of the laidback local populace.

With the new provincial police commander, Barkie, taking over the reins, his vision to restore the public’s trust in the force is hampered with a lack of logistics.

Probe into break-in at bank official’s house

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspects gained access to the premises, climbed up the water tank at the back of the house, removed louvre blades and entered the house.

They allegedly went through the manageress’ bedroom whilst she was fast asleep and stole her two mobile phones, bilum and cash.

The security guard who was at the premises was believed to have been asleep at that time.

“The incident was reported to police and police are pursuing their investigations,” stated the PPC.

Peaceful New Year observance in North Fly

Provincial Police Commander Silva Sika says there were no major incidents nor crimes.

PPC Sika commended police officers in the district, including some community leaders, who took the initiative to conduct awareness in their communities.

He says law and order issues can be reduced if all stakeholders work together.

PPC Silva Sika has applauded his officers for a job well done.

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

Article on police boss’ transfer refuted

The interim Senior Inspector, Epenes Nili, has been appointed as the acting PPC for Enga until further notice.

Yamasombi made the clarification following a report by one of the dailies, alluding to the transfer of Superintendent Joseph Tondop to Jiwaka.

“It is totally unprofessional and irresponsible to report in the newspaper that the PPC for Enga, Superintendent Joseph Tondop, has been moved to Jiwaka,” Yamasombi stated.

Homebrew activities concern police

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said over the weekend members of the Mobile Squad 10 confiscated a number of homebrew implements, better known as ‘wara galas’, at Dungoumasih village outside Lorengau town.

The team picked up two gas cylinders and seven large containers as well as a local man and had him arrested and charged for being in possession of homebrew implements.

Youths in custody over 18yo’s rape

Police say six men were involved in the incident. Two of those suspects are still on the run after relatives handed over the four, allegedly involved in the pack rape, to police.

The incident occurred early this month at Wanimas village in Tsak valley.

Police say the 18-year-old victim was accompanied by her cousin brother to the toilet. They were ambushed by six men near a coffee garden, where she was abducted and taken to a house where they allegedly took turns raping her for over seven hours.

Missing 4yo’s body retrieved

The four-year-old’s body was found on Sunday as it drifted ashore at the Naval base beach at Lombrum.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said all missing bodies have now been retrieved and are at the Lorengau Morgue.

The victims were among 30 passengers travelling on a 23-foot, 60 horse powered boat to a funeral when the boat capsized due to strong winds and rough seas near Pityluh Island.

Rise in illegal miners

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondop, highlighted this after he paid a special Christmas visit to security operations in the mine areas, saying this is posing a threat to workers’ safety.

Reports of rape incidents, home brewing, murder and break-and-entering into company premises, is frequenting the surrounding mine area at Pogera Gold Mine.

According to PPC Tondop’s security assessment, these serious issues are likely to affect mining operations as illegal mining activities increase.

Peaceful celebrations in Manus

Officers were deployed to villages on mainland Manus, while another team, including the provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, visited the villages of Bundrahei, Likum, Koroji and Bujhou, along the South Coast of Manus.

The PPC and his team spent time raising awareness to assist in reducing law and order issues in their communities. 

The patrols also saw peaceful celebrations in the villages, and PPC Yapu thanked them for keeping the peace, appealing to them to continue the same as they welcome the New Year.