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Curfew to be Imposed Following Student’s Death

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by Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, says the NEC will be discussing the possibility of imposing a curfew on UNITECH Campus, following the student’s death.

Using the term, “Thugs” the PM described the incident as very disturbing and says police will identify and charged those thugs responsible.

“The attack on this young man was an act of brutality and an innocent life has been lost,” the Prime Minister said.

“I would like to extend the condolences of the nation to the family of this man and our commitment to see those responsible brought to justice.

“The cruelty of what happened last night is very disturbing The thugs responsible will be identified by police and they will be charged. It is believed there were people involved from outside the campus and police will follow every lead in this case,” the PM said.

He added, “If there were students involved, regardless of how much or how little they were involved, they are clearly not fit to be in our tertiary education system.”

The Prime Minister further called on all members of civil society to condemn such acts of violence and to work together.

“All of this nonsense with people interfering in student affairs is a serious problem for our country.

“Students should not become political footballs and we must all work through these issues.

“Our priority must be to get our young people back to school and all involved must respect the rule of law.”

The curfew is intended to maintain law and order and ease the tension on Unitech campus.

O’Neill said a new police controller will also be in place to ensure normalcy can be restored to campuses.

He also extended condolences to the students’ family on behalf of Papua New Guinea.

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