Police want villagers to lodge ‘police assault’ complaints


POLICE in Goroka are waiting for a group of villagers who claimed to have been assaulted by police officers to lodge a complaint before it is investigated.
Eastern Highlands police commander Acting Superintendent David Seine Jr said a formal complaint needed to be lodged.
The villagers were travelling on a truck from Goroka to Bena when the alleged incident took place.
Villager Francis Ipoki said Ungai-Bena police stopped the truck after noticing some people not sitting properly.
“The policemen used their guns to hit us,” he said.
Ipoki said the policemen also swore at them and fired shots into the air.
They ended up at the Goroka police station.
Some of the men suspected of drinking alcohol were locked up and released the next day.

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