Duo arrested for attacking pastors

National, Normal

The National – Friday, December 31, 2010


WABAG police arrested two men in an early morning raid on Wednesday over the attack on two senior pastors at Talyokos village, Wapenamanda in Enga. 

The suspects attacked pastors Micah Tupai and Allan Yaku at the border of Wapenamanda and Tsak Valley on Tuesday when the pastors refused to give them a ride on a 10-seater Toyota land cruiser they were travelling in from Wapenamanda to Tsak.

Provincial police commander Supt Martin Lakari told The National from Wabag yesterday morning that the suspects also damaged the vehicle.

He said that as soon as  the report of the attack reached him on Tuesday afternoon, officers and a police mobile unit went into their village and apprehended the suspects.

Lakari said the two accused, Buka Muli and Yangao Neo, were charged with two accounts of wilful damage and assault.

Police refused bail for the two who are expected to appear in the Wabag district court next month.

Lakari condemned the attack on the pastors saying that people who were working very hard to maintain peace and harmony in the community must be respected.

He warned that people who take the law into their own hands would face the full force of the law for their actions.