“Angoram police station burnt down”

February 24, 2012 at 7:11 am (Angoram, Commentary, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River)

By TODAGIA KELOLA

ANGORAM Police Station in the East Sepik Province was burnt to the ground early yesterday morning. Angoram Catholic Parish Priest Fr Bernard Burite said the fire started at around 5am yesterday and burnt the whole building down. He said the reasons behind the fire were not known at this stage but he stated that this was an indication that the lawlessness in Angoram town was slowly rising again. “Lawlessness is slowly rising in Angoram. Mothers are selling their produce at the market with fear, “ Fr Burite said. He said the churches were doing their part in trying to keep them away from lawless activities, however, lack of support from the Government agencies at the district level was not helping the situation. While police investigations were yet to commence, Fr Burite said “frustrations’ were building up over time and empty promises made to youths and the district would be one contributing factor to the burning down of the police station. Meanwhile, Member for Angoram Arthur Somare, who was appalled at the burning down of the station, said that Governor Wararu, his Provincial Administrator Samson Torovi and the Provincial Police Commander Vincent Pokas, had already been dispatched to Angoram to establish a team headed by the district administration to look into the cause of the fire. “It is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, however, with the current political tensions in Waigani and the intention of political leaders to send bands of police into the province are possibile factors,” Mr Somare said. “This is a matter for Police and administration in East Sepik to deal with and should not be exploited for political gains by Waigani. “I call on people of Angoram and East Sepik as a whole not to be used by outsiders to cause trouble in the districts especially on the eve of the general elections. “Finally, I guarantee the people of Angoram District that a full investigation will be conducted so that if it is the work of arsonists, they will be brought before the courts to account for this destruction. It goes without saying that damage to public properties is a serious crime. “Government buildings and other public infrastructure are there for the benefit of the community not for the glory of members of Parliament. The community must take ownership of these public assets. “If the public has any information on the cause of the fire they must report to the Angoram Police Commander. “I assure you that a new Police Station will be reconstructed next few months.” said Mr Somare. This is not the first time for the police station to be targeted as a means of getting a message to relevant authorities.

Source: Post-Courier Online 24th February, 2012

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Johnson said,

    I don’t think “reconstructed” is the correct word here, nevertheless this incident brings back one of greater humour. The National Court was in full session at Angoram in the old open ended bush court house when the ADC’s (John Blyth) horse decided to intervene. It cantered through the building leaving a robed judge, lawyers, witnesses and just ordinary crims scattered like so much barnyard chaff. Happier days!

    • Anonymous said,

      I SAW THE POLICE STATION BURNING DOWN. NO SUSPECTS WERE APPRENDED.A NEW POLICE STATION IS BEING BUILD BUT IT IS MORE THAN TWO YEARS AND THE BUILDING IS STILL INCOMPLETE.

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