by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
Community leaders at Nine Mile are now calling on NCD Governor Powes Parkop to establish a liquor ban from Erima to Nine Mile following an attack on a police officer.
A community leader, Tom Kapo told EM TV News that most fights that happen at Nine Mile are a result of alcohol consumption.
“We the leaders here want our Governor to establish a liquor ban in our area”, said Kapo. He said many youths in Nine Mile have access to alcohol because of the many liquor shops operating in the area.
In the meantime, policemen at the scene have confirmed that the two suspects involved in the attack of the police officer are still at large.
Officers from Gordon’s and McGregor are currently monitoring the area to prevent any further fights likely to happen between relatives of the police officer and the suspects.
They will be patrolling the area until tomorrow morning to also provide security for the Nine Mile residents.
According to the NCD Superintendent Operations Perou N’Dranou the Nine Mile Market including all liquor shops will remain close until the situation returns to normal.
EM TV News understands the attacked police officer is still in critical condition at Port Moresby General Hospital.
The incident has resulted in the burning down of houses and few shops valuing up to millions of kina.