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Madang PPC denies stopping investigations

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By Martha Louis – EMTV News, Madang

Madang’s Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, Ben Neneo has denied allegations that he stopped investigations into funding allocated for the Manam restoration.

Neneo said no complaints were laid to his office and there were no known complainants.

He said an officer who initiated the investigation for funds allocated from 2017 to date, was told that the Manam issue has been in existence for over 10 years.

PPC Neneo issued a statement saying if the complaint is genuine, they will need to start the investigation dating back to 2012.

Neneo says he has not stopped the investigation, and his stance was misinterpreted by a certain investigator and is now being politicized.

He says leaders need to work together to serve the people, instead of blaming police for their failures.

The PPC went on to say that the people of Manam have been misled, and they need to know the expenditure of funds from years back when the issue was initially raised.

Neneo adds that police have procedures to follow, and must always exercise protocol in dealing with cases implicating leaders. And his office will maintain that principle and process.

The PPC’s statements were in relation to questions raised in Parliament by Bogia MP Robert Naguri, over the K6 million allocated to the Manam Island Resettlement and Restoration funds.

Naguri had told parliament that a senior police officer had stopped an investigation into allegations of fraud and misappropriation of that K6milllion funding.

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