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April 20, 2021

Toropo: All is in order

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by Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby

Three members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) wounded during the weekend brawl with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) have been discharged from the Port Moresby General Hospital’s intensive care unit.

However, one member of PNGDF is yet to be discharged. It is understood that he will undergo an operation to implant a metal plate in his leg.

Commander of the PNGDF, Gilbert Toropo revealed this in a news conference this afternoon. He said investigations commenced yesterday to establish the cause of the incident.
Four senior officers from the PNGDF are part of the joint investigating team. This is to maintain impartiality on both sides of the force.

“Nobody is above the law, whether you are in the army or the police. Only the investigation will reveal the truth in order to take proper disciplinary actions on those involved,” Toropo said.

“It is regrettable such an incident had to happen at a time when the two forces are working to improve security for upcoming international events to be staged in the country.”

He assured city residents and the business community that the matter is being dealt with at the highest level. Toropo said Force Support Battalion Commanding Officer, Francis Kari has maintained normalcy among his men and they have all returned to work as of today.

“All is in order and the general public is rest assured to move about to do their daily business.”
The Commander did not reveal further details on the cause of the incident.


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