INCIDENCES of the magnitude of what happened last Friday are often not coincidences.
As such, police have confirmed having the leads to instigators.
Honiara City Commander Gabriel Manelusi said such incidences do not happen without prior planning.
“Whoever were instigators of the whole mess are under police radar. Police are investigating leads to instigators,” Mr Manelusi said.
When asked if any instigators have been arrested amongst those arrested so far, he said police are investigating and cannot divulge any further information.
He said police will ensure that those responsible face justice.
“I would like to warn people to abide by our laws, as police will continue to investigate and ensure those involve including instigators face justice.”
The instability stemmed from a riot last Friday, which left Uncle Alick’s building which housed shops at King George area torched and looted.
The rioters are some of those disgruntled flood victims residing in the eastern part of the city, who want fair rehabilitation and proper repatriation.
Some disgruntled flood victims are refusing to vacate the SINU (Panatina) and the Festival Village evacuation shelters they are occupying due to claims there were plans to send them back without proper rehabilitation.
Flash Flood Victims Coalition Taskforce interim chairman Jefferey Leni denied the involvement of those in the shelters.
He said it could have been the unhappy ones who were already sent back from the shelters.
National Disaster Management Office director Loti Yates said his office understands some of the rioters were flood victims who are unhappy with the government’s relief program.
“We have to follow certain criteria for support – therefore we have to adhere to those criteria which somehow make people not happy.”
By EDNAL PALMER