POLICE PURSUE ESCAPEES
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN
POLICE have set up task force “Operation Hunt-Man” to hunt down three dangerous prisoners who escaped the Rove Correctional Centre, Sunday.
Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau revealed this yesterday.
“The three escapees are very dangerous and were involved in robbery cases,” Mangau said.
He said police are also investigating how the trio, Frank Firimolea, Dilo Faiga and Willie Olo, escaped.
“So there is a taskforce set up to look at how they escape prison,” he added.
Mangau said the RSIPF’s Professional Standards and Internal Investigations team will also assist in their investigation.
He said this is to support the Correctional Service to establish how the trio escaped.
“At the moment, RSIPF is taking the lead in this operation to hunt down three escapees from prison.”
However, Mangau said he will not dwell on how the prisoners escaped as it is a matter for the Commissioner of Correctional Services to update us on.
He said the prisoners were believed to have gone through various line of protection of prison service by climbing the fence and getting out from prison at the back fence facing the Botanical garden.
He further appealed to members of the community if they have any sightings or information in relation to the whereabouts of the escapees to call the police on phone 23666 or the toll free line 999 or the prison service phone on 20107.
Mangau said the public should be helping police in this matter because it is a matter that concerns citizens of this country.
Meanwhile, he also urged members of the public to take precaution by making sure their homes are safe and valuable properties secured during this festive season.
The three prisoners escaped between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday.
They were believed to have climbed over the heavily-barbed wire security fence at the southern side towards the Honiara Botanical garden.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Correctional Services Gabriel Manelusi has been avoiding media questioning since the incident happened.