By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Six Mile market vendors in Port Moresby are calling on the NCDC Governor and police hierarchy to confirm if there are laws to confiscate cigarette packets from street and market vendors.
Unhappy vendors told EMTV news, over K3,000 worth of cigarette packets and private property was taken by policemen yesterday.
Vendors were assaulted, taken away, stripped and asked to perform sexual acts with each other.
“We do not know if there are laws in place for policemen to assault us get our packets of cigarettes,” Silas Anguna, a market vendor.
“NCDC or the police must let us know so we do not sell cigarettes because we depend on the sale of these items,” he added.
Three other vendors were assaulted, and taken to Dogura, outside Port Moresby. They were searched and stripped and asked to touch each other’s private parts.
“The policeman forced me to touch my friends penis,” said vendor Ronny Kamba.
The 6 mile Community leaders are calling on authorities to come down hard on such policemen who abuse powers when performing their duty.
“We want the Police Commissioner to fast-track these investigations and other outstanding cases”, said Absalom Maima.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Benjamin Turi, was not available to comment on the matter.