Journalists Ordered to Leave Fraud Squad Standoff Scene

Media personnel were prevented from taking pictures outside the police fraud squad headquarters in Port Moresby after it was surrounded by several armed police units this morning.

Two unmarked police vehicles with policemen from McGregor barracks blocked off roads leading into the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Office. They also ordered journalists and vehicles to leave the area as the one police faction attempted to arrest members of the fraud squad.

This morning’s events follows on from the assault of a detective who is part of the investigating team tasked to effect the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Patrick Premenga was assaulted in his home by officers believe to be associated with the Prime Minister. Police sources at the scene this morning told EMTV, attempts to resolve the rift between factions of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary have not been  successful in the last 48 hours since Premenga’s assault.

The latest turn of events has brought anxiety to many Port Moresby residents reeling from weeks of reports of police brutality and instability within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

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