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Public servants’ arrests ‘not right’ says Madang’s Acting Administrator

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Acting Provincial Administrator of Madang, appeals to the Northern Mobile units to release 8 public servants arrested yesterday over allegations of misusing K6million of Manam funds.

Clement Tare says they are not pleased over how his senior officers were handled by police personnel.

He questioned why local police did not carry out the investigations and make arrests.

Tare claimed the 8 officers were arrested using an old warrant that police had obtained a long time.

Frustrated relatives of those arrested were not happy with police actions describing their arrests as an “ACT” of terrorism.

Steven Andebo, a relative of one of the officers arrested said these officers are not supposed to be treated as criminals.

The relatives in a media conference yesterday questioning the motive and who is responsible for these arrests.

Madang Governor, Peter Yama, says the matter is now before the court and will not comment.

However, he also questioned the Assistant Commissioner of Police for Northern Command Peter Guinness of his involvement in the case.

Yama says in 2018 there were several eruptions and service providers had to be paid for their services.

Lawyers representing the 8 suspects also told the media yesterday described it as unconstitutional and a breach of human rights.

They claimed there were no complaints registered in the OB book at Jomba Police station and the suspects were not given any rights to call their lawyers or family members.

The public servants were arrested for defrauding K6million of Manam Resettlement Authority.

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