More Than 70 Guns Handed Over to Joint Security Force in Hela

Image: Members of the two warring tribes giving up their arms during the ceremony (Photo courtesy of PNGDF Media)


More than sixty homemade guns and ten factory made guns were surrendered to a joint security force of Police and PNG Defence Force in Hela Province yesterday.

The two key persons from the Maia tribe at Komo handed over their weapons which signified the breakthrough of peace in the province.

Most of the high powered weapons used during the recent tribal fights were hired from people outside of Hela Province.

The Joint Task Force Security Commanders, Chief Superintendent Samson Kua and Lieutenant Colonel John Manuai warned the warring tribes to surrender their weapons during this amnesty period.

After the grace period, the joint task force will arrest those who are in possession of unlicensed firearm. The minimum penalty  will be 10 years imprisonment.

The last gun surrender period will be tomorrow at Tari town.

Vasinatta Yama

graduated from Divine Word University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations, as well as minors in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies. Her current focus is reporting on court and crime stories as part of the news team. She constantly strives to improve her skills in investigative reporting.

Vasinatta Yama

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