FORMER Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Major-General (rtd) Jerry Singirok this week urged retired commander Commodore Peter Ilau to return all State properties that might be in his possession to the Flag Staff House in Murray Barracks.
“This is to enable the new commander Brig-Gen Francis Agwi to move into the commander’s official residence,” he said.
Gen Agwi has not been able to move in because the Flag Staff House had been emptied of all furniture, kitchenware, curtains, beds, mattresses and many more items that were bought for the residence with public funds.
Gen Singirok said he was also deeply concerned about the missing official support vehicle for the commander.
“I am deeply concerned that the outgoing Ilau has left the PNGDF without returning the support vehicle, a Hummer bought from Boroko Motors with State funds.
“From reliable information, the former commander was allocated a Nissan Patrol bought at State expense and after few months, traded the Nissan Patrol at Boroko Motors for the Hummer for more than K380,000”.
He had claimed that the Hummer belonged to him and that he would keep it as his private vehicle.
“At no stage of his employment did he make deductions out of his vehicle allowance so that he may opt to buy a support vehicle after his contract expired.
“It is also evident that his employment contract had no clause to suggest acquisition of the Commander’s support vehicle”.
Meanwhile, PNGDF chief of staff, Navy Capt Tom Ur said Commodore Ilau had gone through the normal process of moving out of the house.