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July 4, 2020
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Commissioner Baki: Police Will Monitor Stop Work Threat in Port Moresby

A legal team is looking at how best police officers in Port Moresby can deal with a possible stop work ultimatum issued on Sunday evening. The threat was issued by a small group of professionals that included pilots, lawyers and union members.

It was issued on Sunday evening, with the 48 hour ultimatum ending at midnight tonight.

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) soldiers will be called in to assist and monitor the situation if it escalates into unrest.

The group of professionals on Sunday demanded for Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to step down and turn himself in for questioning to clear allegations levelled against him.

The threat to stop services follows the suspension of the 2016 academic year for students at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Since the start of classes being boycotted at government universities, the commissioner has been in consultation with the PNGDF.

Baki says while he is confident with the way in which police have been monitoring the situation, assessments will be made before the PNGDF will be asked to assist, as per the National Security Advisory Council recommendations.

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