By BARNABAS ORERE PONDROS
PAPUA New Guinea’s internal security is on the verge of collapse and law and order will proliferate unless urgent measures are undertaken to put in place proper security systems and measures at jails throughout the nation.
A senior officer with a law enforcement agency, who requested anonymity, raised the concern following the prison breakout of 12 hardcore criminals, including the notorious William Nanua Kapris.
“With the breakout in recent times and the very recent break out 12 hardcore criminals, every citizen’s lives are at risk, and we must not take it calmly,” he said.
Hesaid, at present, security at the Correctional Services facilities nationwide were lax that made jail breakouts “a stroll in the park” and a constant dilemma.
He called on the Government to immediately look at improving the prisons, and immediate measures must include the set up of intelligence systems, proper prisoner profiles and identification photos, close circuit televisions.
“Inmate photo identification, classification and profiles are important security factors, perhaps as important as physical security,” he said, adding that CCTV cameras must be installed at all jails.
Chief Secretary to Government Manasupe Zurenouc gave substance to these calls, agreeing that “security at our major correctional institutions were lax”.