Gari Baki

Police commissioner calls for neutrality

“I appeal to all leaders to respect the neutrality of Police and not to engage members of the Police Force for their political agenda,” Commissioner Baki said.

He also warned members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary not to allow themselves to be engaged by any of the two groups of national leaders during the period leading up to the Vote of No Confidence.

“Our political leaders must be allowed to freely and without any undue influence exercise their constitutional duties. Leaders should not be hijacked or forced in any situation.

Alotau suspects to be charged

The other five suspects will be charged with one count of accessory after the fact for each of the 22 charges and one count of harbouring, for a total of 23 charges each.

The 11 suspects were transferred to Port Moresby from Alotau on Wednesday, February 20th, and are now in police custody. The youngest among the group is 19 years old while the oldest is a 48-year-old man.

APEC security funds accounted for: Baki

“As I have mentioned in previous statements, I welcome the audit of funds allocated to and expended by the JSTF,” Commissioner Baki said.

He stated that as far as he was concerned, all allowances for members of the security forces engaged for APEC 2018 security operations have been paid.

New houses for B’ville police

Police Commissioner Gari Baki was in Buka on Friday, January 25th, to open and hand over the keys to the newly built police staff houses at the Hutjena Police Barracks.

Commissioner Baki said the buildings reflect the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary’s determination in building a stronger Police Service in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. He said such moves will move the Constabulary forward in the coming years.

Rampage ‘politically motivated’

He says an investigation will soon commence to find out the cause of the unrest and individuals who instigated it, though members of the JSTF said they were frustrated over the non-payment of APEC allowance.

Police officers to be deployed to Alotau

The Commissioner said 10 were sent on Monday to assist local police prevent opportunists from taking advantage of the locals’ frustration.

Commissioner Baki also confirmed that the officer driving the vehicle, was a member of the Lae Police who travelled in two patrol boats in to Alotau for a pit stop, before heading out to Port Moresby.

He said while there, local police asked for assistance after reports came that a hard-core criminal, who escaped jail in Port Moresby, was in town.

Police Commissioner farewells NZ contingent

During the official opening of the RPNGC Water Police Headquarters at Konedobu in Port Moresby last Friday, Baki appreciated the governments of Australia and New Zealand for assisting the RPNGC in some of the work that have been taking place.

He acknowledged them particularly for the provision of police advisors to help the RPNGC deliver the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2018.

Police will investigate alleged assassination plot against Kramer: Baki

Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, said to date, no report of this alleged plot was reported to police but Kramer, like every other national leader, can be accorded police protection if the allegations are proven to be credible.

His statement follows a social media post by Kramer where he said: “I was contacted by former Chairman of Anti-corruption Task Sweep Sam Koim to inform me he had received reliable intelligence that individuals with political connections were planning to have me assassinated.

Police close file on PM’s case in Paul Paraka saga

In a statement, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Chief Superintendent Damaru made this known in a comprehensive brief to the Office of the Commissioner on the status of the ongoing investigations into the allegations of fraudulent payments being made to the law firm, which implicated the Prime Minister and resulted in the warrant of arrest obtained against him on 12 June 2014.

Abusive cops arrested: Baki

Baki said the two policemen (named) attached to the Police Airborne Tactical Unit (ATU) were presented by their commanding officer to the Police Internal Affairs Directorate where they were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm under the Criminal Code Act.

“They were also charged administratively with four serious disciplinary charges under the Police Force Act and suspended from active duties,” Commissioner Baki said.

The video of the assault of the teenager had gone viral on social media, causing public uproar.