Four suspects arrest for demanding money in Makira-Ulawa Province
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Kirakira Police Station in Makira-Ulawa Province have arrested four adult male suspects for demanding money from a 75-year-old man at Mamarawa settlement on 12 September 2021.
Initial report said that one of the suspects saw his daughter drinking beer with the complainant’s grandson. The father of the girl, after finding his daughter in the boy’s house, damaged 15 louver glasses and a chair in the boy’s house.
The father then called another three suspects and went to the complainant’s house and demanded compensation.
Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Makira-Ulawa Province, Inspector Jerry Muaki says, “The matter was reported to police and the suspects were arrested and placed in police custody.”
Supervising PPC says, “The four suspects were dealt with and charged for unlawful demand. They were released on bail to appear before the Kirakira Magistrates’ Court on the 5 October 2021.”
“What has happened is a result of taking the laws into our own hands. This incident could not have happened if both parties sought assistance from the village chiefs or elders. The police, village chiefs, church leaders are there to assist in resolving issues that arise in our communities,” says Inspector Muaki.
Police check 80 vehicles during a traffic operation in Western province
Police at the Gizo Police Station in Western Province have checked 80 vehicles during a traffic operation in Gizo town on 14 September 2021.
The traffic operation conducted mainly to check for defect vehicles, driving license and third party insurance.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu says, “From the 80 vehicles that have been checked during the operation, 43 vehicles have expired documents including vehicle licensed, driving licensed and third party insurance.”
PPC Lenialu says, “Those expired documents and vehicles is to be crossed checked with licensing office in Gizo. After verifying those documents then drivers or owners of the vehicles will be charge for court.”
Chief Superintendent Lenialu says, “Public especially drivers and vehicle owners need to work together in order to maintain law and order in our country or township. We must bear in mind that safety of our people and ourselves is in our hands when using our road.”
“I appeal to all drivers and vehicle owners in the Western Province to comply with all the traffic rules and regulation under the Traffic Act. To be safe and road worthy vehicles must be checked and service regularly with the right process by consulting the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) and renewal of all licensed timely as required by our laws,” says PPC Lenialu.
Police investigates suspicious death of a 2-year-old child in Western Province
Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Kulitanai Police Station in Western Province are investigating a suspicious death of a 2-year-old child who they believe to have fallen on a ship berthing Nila wharf in Shortland Island on 14 September 2021.
The incident had occurred while the deceased and his adopted mother were on board a ship. Prior to the incident, the child was seen sleeping on a sitting bench at the back of the ship with his adopted mother. The child was realized missing during that time and search began.
Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says, “The matter was reported to police and a search party including a Forensic officer deployed to search for the missing child.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “The child was later found at the Nila wharf area by members of the community and was transported to Nila clinic for medical examination.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “During general observation by medical officers at the Nila clinic, the body was seen very fresh, few abrasions found on the right ear, body pale and wrinkle on hands and legs.”
Mr. Mangau says, “No post mortem was conducted on the deceased body as the parent and relatives wish to bury him seeing the body started to decay but it is subject to look at exhumation base on court order to find more evidence.”
He says, “Our condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased for the loss of their loved ones.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “Police yet to ascertain the possible causes of the death while investigation into the matter will continue. I appeal to those who may have any information to assist police with the investigation.”
Police call on Bougainvilleans to respect the common border between PNG-SI and its resources
The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) calls on Papua New Guinea Nationals at Bougainville to respect Solomon Island as a sovereign country and its resources after 20 plus people crossed the border between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands (SI) this week.
RSIPF Commissioner Mr Mostyn Mangau says, “I make this call because in one occasion on Tuesday (14 September 2021) early morning a group of about 20 people entered our Territorial water and do fishing and dive beche de mer (sea cucumber) at Nunungari Island, an Island in our Territorial water.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “While our police officers approach them, one of the Bougainvillean picks up a spear gun with the intention to shoot our police officers. Our officers talked to them kindly and they later realised that they were wrong and they peacefully left the island.”
Mr Mostyn Mangau says, “In another occasion, there was a banana boat left Bougainville (Arawa Bovo River) at around 2 and 3pm on (14 September 2021) believed to be Bougainvilleans and Solomon Islanders. Those people on the boat might be interested in beche de mer (sea cucumber) buying and they should be in Choiseul or Vela la Vela or Kolobangara Island.”
“I appeal to communities in Choiseul and Western Province to provide any information about those people. This is our country and we need to protect it. As we in the COVID-19 pandemic it is very dangerous for such crossing to happen at our borders,” says Mr. Mangau.
You can call Kulitanai Police Station on phone 44127, Kariki Police Post on phone 44128, Harapa Police Post on phone 44129, call Gizo Police on phone 60999, Taro Police Station on phone 63199 or call the police free toll line 999.