Nadzab rampage report ready

Lae News, Normal


A PRELIMINARY report detailing PNG Defence Force investigations into the alleged incident involving soldiers running riot at the Nadzab Airport in Lae Morobe province, was completed two weeks ago and would soon be reviewed at a Defence Council sitting, Igam-Barracks based team leader of the investigations Major Rangi Andrews said yesterday.
Major Andrews, who could not disclose the findings of the report, said the report was sent to headquarters and a copy also to the commanding officer at Murray Barracks.
This report followed public complaints that on Jan 25, PNGDF soldiers leaving Lae for Port Moresby at the completion of the cholera outbreak mission had behaved in an unruly manner at the Nadzab Airport.
There were reports of chaos being created for the travelling public, the terminal and Air Niugini personnel.
During the hand-over of command ceremony at Murray Barrack this month, PNG Defence Force commander Brig-Gen Francis Agwi ordered an investigation into the reported incident which took place at the Nadzab Airport.
Brig-Gen Agwi said once the investigations were completed and the facts established on what actually happened and who was responsible, then appropriate punitive and corrective action would be taken.
The National could not get further comments from Murray Barracks yesterday.
Meanwhile, The National also could not get comments from the PNGDF headquarters regarding last weekend’s (Saturday Feb 20) reported killing incident which took place at the PNGDF forward operational base in Kiunga, Western province, where PNGDF soldiers are dispatched to carry out PNG-Indonesia border duties. 
Daru police on Monday reported that an ex-policeman from Kiunga had killed his wife in the early hours of last Saturday.
Apparently, the victim died after being stabbed several times by her husband with a bush knife.
It was reported that she had been out partying and drinking at the PNGDF camp which angered the husband.
“The Defence Force camp is a social risk to both army personnel and the community as it has been involved in trading alcohol and putting up 6pm to 6am discos on Friday and Saturday nights with defence personnel behaving poorly while under the influence of alcohol,” Western province police commander Insp Peter Philip said on Monday.