The National, Wednesday October 23rd, 2013
By JUNIOR UKAHA
CRIMINALS operating in Busu Compound in Lae, Morobe, have been warned they will no longer be tolerated in the area, a spokesman says.
That was the stern message from community and church leaders in the compound on Sunday afternoon during a peace mediation at the notorious Back Road area.
Morobean leaders from Busu told police they were fed up with crime and wanted change in their community.
The Morobeans had gathered to compensate the family members of Mamose acting assistant commissioner of police Chief Supt Nema Mondiai for injuries he suffered during an attack last Friday.
Mondiai, from Eastern Highlands, a former Lae police commander, was driving into the area when a group of men confronted him and stabbed him, according to police reports.
“We will cooperate with police and remove those bad weeds. We don’t support them (law breakers),” spokesman Sira John said.
“We will find the four other suspects still at large and hand them over to police.
“On behalf of the Busu community, we say sorry to Commander Mondia and his family,” he said.
Bama Zuhukepe, a Seventh-day Adventist Church elder at Busu compound, said only a few people were involved in crime and their actions were affecting innocent people.
“People have left God therefore problems are happening,” Zuhukepe said.
“Many of us came here (city) to look for education, work and to start businesses but only one or two people are doing it (involved in crime),” he said.
Snr Const Tennyson Joseph, from Lae’s Mobile Squad 13 Charlie Company, told the settlers they had touched an important man in the force.
He said police would not rest until all the suspects were apprehended.
“You have asked for it and now we are here,” Joseph told the settlers.