Villagers face assault charges


FIVE villagers were charged with assaulting police officers at the Nuku station in West Sepik last week, police station commander Senior Sergeant Andrew Naik said yesterday.
The suspects from Nuku village are now out on bail for K300 each.
Naik, who was also a victim in the attack, said that the suspects had thrown a plastic container of homebrew alcohol at a police vehicle last Friday night while they were on patrol.
“So I stopped the vehicle and my auxiliary police officer went out to question them. Instead they smashed a bottle on his head and punched him. I then went over to assist my officer and got my uniform and stripes torn off. The ancillary officer has been admitted to the Nuku district hospital and had five stitches to his head wound.”
Naik said that the drunkards’ action provoked other villagers to rampage through the station disrupting other government services last weekend.
“The mobile squad operating in Aitape district came over and helped to arrest the suspects. The situation has now returned to normal
Naik said that he was the only regular police officer in command of 42 auxiliary officers.
In the last month’s parliament sitting Nuku MP and Vice inter government relations Minister Joseph Sungi told the Parliament that there is lack of regular police officers in the Nuku District.

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