Miria Ikupu Speaks Out on Hanuabada Killings

By Delly Bagu – EM TV, Port Moresby

Chairman of the Motu Koita Assembly, Miria Ikupu, has come out publicly for the first time since the tragic Hanuabada shooting incident last Friday.

In a statement, he said an Assembly Meeting was convened today, which saw several resolutions passed.

Among the resolutions; the Motu Koita Assembly has endorsed the demand for K10 million each for the two lives lost, and compensation for those injured.  

There will not be any protest march tomorrow; however a petition will be formalised with the support from the Assembly and presented to the relevant State authorities.

Mr Ikupu has ordered the removal of road blocks along the bypass road to free services and access for business normal operations.

The buai market however, will still remain closed.

Yesterday, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said the government will look at policy consideration relating to the buai ban.

The deaths of the two men on Friday have prompted authorities to address police brutality that is wide-spread in the country.

One of the two victims, Nicholas Rarua, 36, leaves behind a young daughter and a wife who is eight months pregnant. The late Nicholas had recently left Exxon mobile PNG ltd where he worked as a Technical Adviser with the company’s regulatory division.

The second victim, Toka Gaudi, 29, was unmarried, and worked as a driver for the local radio station, Lalokau FM, before his untimely death.

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