Shot police officer angered over lack of support

by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby

A police officer who was shot during the Kwikila Supermarket robbery two weeks ago has come out saying he has been ignored by the police hierarchy.

First Constable Bobby Ogara of the Kwikila police division was shot in the foot after a shootout between criminals. On the 9th of November, armed criminals stormed the roadside supermarket at the Kwikila Station and took over K100,000 in cash. Officer Ogara was the first police officer to respond.

The criminals, in their attempts to escape, shot at the police and injured Officer Ogara.

After being taken to the Port Moresby General Hospital for treatment, he had to wait for over four days before he had the bullet removed from his foot. From that day till now, there has not been any assistance from his police department.

What Officer Ogara and his family did not understand was that his superiors and the police department did not help him over the past two weeks. His medical expenses where covered by his family.

Officer Ogara’s brother, Max Magaru said he wants the police hierarchy to assist them with the expenses this has caused their family. The Kwikila Police Station is also in dire need of manpower and logistical support. The station has no vehicles to patrol the whole of Rigo District. Currently, the number of policer officers is below 10.

Officer Ogara is one of the many police officers under attack from petty thugs and criminals in Central Province and the nation’s capital. Last week, a police officer was murdered in the nation’s capital.

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