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Juffa Raises Concerns on Transnational Crimes in PNG

By Staycey Yalo – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Governor for Northern Province, Gary Juffa, during question time in Parliament, questioned the Police Minister, Jelta Wong, if he had any plans to revive the three transnational Crime Entities within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) that were dismantled and are not fully functioning.

Juffa’s concerns come after the increase of transnational crimes in the country adding certain foreigners are illegally entering the country for malicious purposes to destroy the country.

A recent operation by Mt Hagen Police has seen a foreign owned shop in Goroka confiscated off its store goods; some outdated goods and fake products as well. Stacks of unbanked cash all in K50 and K100 notes plus bags of coins were also found and confiscated by the police.

Eastern Highlands Governor, Peter Numu also questioned the minister on the report of the investigation and the long-term efforts of the police work to carry out similar investigations in the country as well.

Governor Gary Juffa, added the crimes are mainly caused by transnational criminals and requested for police to reinstate a specific unit in the police force, which had worked together with other enforcement agencies.

Juffa also requested that the investigation efforts by police should extend to the logging areas in the country where a series of illegal logging are taking place, especially in the Collingwood Bay in his province.

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