POLICE Minister Robert Atiyafa says only the court has the authority to order the eviction of public servants from their homes in Eastern Highlands.
Atiyafa accompanied by provincial police commander Superintendent Alex N’Drasal met the 13 public servants recently evicted from their homes by the National Housing Corporation (NHC).
“I will table your concerns before the National Executive Council meeting,” he said.
“I will communicate any feedback through the police commander.”
N’Drasal said the residents should only comply with an eviction if the order came from the court.
“Any court order to execute any evictions must come through my office,” he said.
“Police will only act on court orders.
“No police officer is to go and evict anyone (unless) through a valid court order. If no court order, no police officer will act illegally to evict anyone.”
Supt N’Drasal advised the evicted tenants to lodge a formal complaint with police and reveal the names of police officers and the National Housing Corporation officer who evicted them.
Meanwhile, NHC managing director John Dege said last week that the NHC office in Goroka had been closed and its staff suspended indefinitely.
“No National Housing Corporation officer is to evict any resident in Goroka,” Dege said.
“They are on suspension and the office is closed.”