Manus

Two die in boating mishap

The incident took place between the seas of Sori and Ndrehet village, along the north coast of Manus between 3-4pm.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a 23-footer boat with 60 horsepower electric motor was carrying 17 passengers on board.

Also onboard was a 44 gallon fuel drum, a 40 HP engine motor and personal properties.

The boat was returning from Kali Island after a burial and was heading back to Lorengau town.

Peaceful protest request refused

The Manus Development Forum had written a letter to the provincial police commander’s office to seek approval for them to host a peaceful walk from Ward 2 to Lorengau town main market.

The purpose of the peaceful walk is to call for an urgent humanitarian evacuation of all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu refused to grant the request due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Peaceful NGI celebrations

East New Britain Province reported a quiet New Year’s Eve and day celebration with no major incidents.

Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tabali, said as was for Christmas, the province was quiet. The only incident was a missing boat from Namatanai which was recovered on Sunday in the Duke of York waters.

In Manus, local police, assisted by Mobile Squad 18, were out in full force On December 31st, 2018, and January 1st, 2019.

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.

Manus govt worried over naval base plans

This is according to the Manus Provincial Government committee that was created early this month to act on behalf of the MPG, in relation to Australia and the US interest in placing navies on Lombrum.

On December 7th, the Manus Provincial Government approved for the establishment of the ‘Manus Position Committee’ (MPC) which includes the Manus Provincial Administrator and 11 other highly qualified Manusians from a wide background.

Pakistani refugee arrested in Manus

Naieeb Khan was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery and uttery.

The Pakistan refugee and a local man employed by JDA as a case worker for refugee were arrested last week after complaints were raised by PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority.

They alleged both conspired between October 16 to 24, and made false  travel Documents with counterfeit stamp from  PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority to allow the Refugee Najeeb Khan to travel out from Manus to Port Moresby.

21 refugees flown to Manus

Sixteen were flown to Manus on November 2nd whilst an additional five were repatriated on the 3rd.

Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu confirmed that the 21 refugees are now accommodated at East Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 2, whilst 300 men are camped at West Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 1.

PPC Yapu also said Police Mobile Squad 19 has been deployed to escort them from Momote Airport to the refugee camps, with the help of PNG Immigration Officers and camp security.

Escapee caught

Two remain on the run and Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu has issued a warning about harboring them as they are dangerous.

The three prisoners, 23 year old, Junior Mark of Dingou, Masih village, Manus, 37 year old Mark Kereng of Pundru, Kari, and 38 year old Bill Kanat of Lundret village escaped from the Correctional service custody on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Kereng and Kanat are serving 17 and 21 years respectively for murder charges.

American arrested over drugs in Manus

The 42 year old woman had marijuana in her possession, worth K5000 street value.

She is in the country on a tourist visa and has been in Lorengau for two weeks, according to Manus’ Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu.

PPC Yapu said a team, comprising of Police, Customs and PNG Immigration officers, raided the lodge on September 22 upon complaint from the lodge management.

PPC Yapu said whilst she was in Lorengau town some of the refugees had been frequenting her room.

Refugee charged with attempted arson

 24 year old Adam Korwa was charged with attempted arson.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the Sudanese refugee allegedly had an argument with Paladin Security Guards on September 17 over the West Lorengau Refugee transit center Centre Rules, before threatening to burn down the building.  

He later set alight his beddings in his room which was put out by other refugees.

The matter was reported to Police by PNG Immigration officers which resulted in the arrest of Adam Korwa, on Friday September 21.