Gun-smuggling from Indonesia a concern: PPC


POLICE in East Sepik reports an increase in gun-smuggling activities into the country from Indonesia.
East Sepik police commander Superintendent Peter Philip said people were going across to Indonesia through the Ambunti district to smuggle out high-powered firearms. He said a number of prominent people in the province were involved in the activity, thus posing a threat for the 2017 national election.
Philip, who visited Ambunti recently, said community leaders at the station were concerned about the movement of people in and out of the station.
He was more concerned as there were only two police personnel at the Ambunti station.
Philip urged security agencies to address transnational criminal activities along the PNG-Indonesian border prior to the country hosting international events in coming years.
“Firearms are being smuggled out of Indonesia, through East Sepik and other provinces,” he said.
“There were five shipments out of Ambunti in previous month, and another shipment last month. I’m concerned.
“Hot spots in East Sepik are Angoram, Yangoru Saussia and Maprik. I drove to a village in Yangoru-Saussia on Nov 7, and saw people with high-powered firearms.
“Addressing Transnational crime is very difficult for me.
“We (police) monitor the East Sepik-West Sepik highway and people go through Pagwi then Ambunti and cross over to Indonesia.”

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