Officers’ families lift highway roadblock

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POLICE Commissioner Gari Baki has thanked the relatives of the two police officers killed in Enga during the general election for lifting the roadblocks they set up along the Highlands Highway.
“I commend the relatives of the two policemen for their understanding and cooperation in allowing for the Highlands Highway to be reopened,” Baki said.
“I also commend Simbu administrator Joe Kunda Naur, Simbu police commander Chief Inspector David Seine Jr and Jiwaka police commander Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondop for taking the initiative to meet the relatives over the last two days to reach this decision.”
Baki said Tondop and Seine would assist the relatives in pursuing their demands through the inter-provincial peace and good order committee.
“Let me assure the relatives of the two policemen that we are investigating their deaths and will bring to justice those responsible, whether directly or indirectly,” Baki said.
He said a team of detectives from police headquarters was travelling to Wabag to investigate the killings. “I will ensure that they are given all the resources needed to complete this investigation and make arrests,” Baki said.
“As I mentioned in my previous statement, the police constabulary does not pay compensation for members killed in the line of duty.
“Nor will we be a party to or support the relatives to seek compensation either from the State or the Enga government.
“A crime has been committed and we will work towards bringing those responsible to face the full force of the law.”

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