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Police queried over scandal

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Dr Sikua (L) says the PM’s alleged extramarital affair highlights a serious lapse in Close Police Protection (CPP) protocol.

Sikua weighs in on PM’s alleged extra-marital affair

OPPOSITION leader, Derek Sikua says the Prime Minister’s alleged extramarital affair highlights a serious lapse in Close Police Protection (CPP) protocol.

Dr Sikua reminded the Police Commissioner John Langsley in a letter he has written to him on Thursday this week.

In the letter he said this would have been avoided had the police chief acted appropriately in addressing the “first such incident involving the Gizo/Kolombangara MP after being elected as Prime Minister”.

The Opposition leader told the Police Commissioner:

“I deem it is imperative that I convey to you in writing my utter disappointment regarding the Prime Minister’s alleged extramarital affair which again shows that the CPP officers assigned to provide protection to the Prime Minister are not performing their duties as expected of them by the state.”

Dr Sikua told the police chief that “had you acted upon my letter of 14th May 2012 calling upon your office to conduct an investigation into the lapse in security protocol by the CPP personnel providing protection for the Prime Minister, such lapse in CPP protocol would not have reoccurred.

The Opposition leader stated in the letter that it has been alleged that in this second security protocol lapse involving the Prime Minister, Mr Lilo slipped out of CPP view and protection for a ride in a dark tinted taxi to meet somebody and he did so with the knowledge and aid of an on-duty CPP personnel.

He added that this second incident was similar to the first one he referred to the Police Commissioner for investigation in May last year.

Dr Sikua said he hopes the Police Commissioner acts upon his second letter by conducting an immediate investigation to ensure CPP personnel discharge their duties professionally.

Commissioner Langsley when contacted said he would not like to comment publicly on this issue.

Instead, he said, he would reply to the Opposition leader privately and not in the media.

By Eddie Osifelo