Staff of the National and Supreme Court in Port Moresby were ordered to evacuate the buildings following a bomb threat, soon after they opened for business this morning.
Police and PNG Defence Force Explosives and Ordinances Division specialists were alerted by staff at the court house.
The responding teams faced multiple challenges when they were not given full clearance, and had no sniffer dogs to aid their investigation.
The PNGDF EOD relies on sniffer dogs and specialist personnel to locate bombs to be diffused.
Hours after the bomb threat was made, Police Dog Unit OIC, Inspector Leuth Nidung, in response to queries raised by EMTV News, said that the unit had not been informed of the situation. He also said that even if they had been advised, they would not have been able to attend to it, as the unit currently has no vehicle at their disposal.
Meanwhile, the explosives unit from the PNGDF who arrived at the scene, did a physical check, but found nothing.
Court sessions were then allowed to proceed, but with only lawyers allowed entry, after the initial search by the PNGDF was completed.