The National, Thursday June 20th, 2013
By JUNIOR UKAHA
THE family members of two students shot during a school fight last month have called on police to fast-track investigations.
Francis Bandi, the elder brother of the late Tobias Hombi, and Morgan Boniepe, Dima Dobbie’s brother, told The National that both families were still “in the dark” regarding investigations into the shooting.
“The investigation has been going on for three weeks now but police have not made any arrests,” Bandi said yesterday.
“Instead of going around and collecting evidence, they have been calling on the public to come forward with information. This is ridiculous.”
Boniepe said they had no idea which police unit was investigating the matter and whether statements had been collected from witnesses.
“The investigation should be done transparently and honestly and those identified must face the law,” Bandi said.
Hombi, 18, from East Sepik, died during the shooting and Dobbie, from Morobe, was injured.
Mamose acting assistant commissioner of police Nema Mondiai said investigations were progressing.
“I cannot give a date for its conclusion,” he said.
“Speeding up the investigation is one thing and finding the evidence is another. It (investigation) involves the life of a person. I would say three weeks is too early for a report.”
Detectives investigating the case were professionals who knew what they are doing, Mondiai said.
“Allow the investigation to proceed. Don’t apply pressure on the investigators.”
“Nobody is above the law. If police are involved, they have to justify why they used firearms.”