PORT MORESBY THUGS RANSACK CITY HALL

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Post Courrier, Oct. 16) – About 50 men broke into Port Moresby’s City Hall before dawn yesterday and ransacked the City Manager’s office.

Computers and important files are believed to have been stolen in the raid.

The break-in at the City Hall is the first major incident to have happened since new City Manager Peter Loko, a former Telikom executive, was appointed four months ago.

Mr. Loko would not comment on the break-in, but he met with National Capital District/Central police commander Tony Wagambie and the Criminal Investigation Division’s break-in squad commander at the City Hall later yesterday morning to provide the police with basic information to help with the investigation.

Mr. Wagambie said about 50 men held up the security guards who were on duty and tied them up before making their way up to the City Manager’s office on the third floor.

Nandex Security Guard’s assistant operations manager Moses Tua said yesterday that 15 guards were on duty around 4.30am, and all 15 of them had been tied up by the men who were armed.

Mr. Wagambie said the men went into the office and took the City Manager’s computer, a television screen, video player, printer and a photocopy/fax machine which was installed just three weeks ago.

"They also broke into the chairman’s office and took some things from the office," Mr. Wagambie said.

City Hall staff said before the men left with their haul, they overturned tables and broke the glass panels in the office.

Mr. Wagambie said during police discussions with the City Manager, questions on the possible motive for the break-in was put to Mr. Loko.

It is believed that the break-in was politically motivated, but investigations into the matter would be carried out to see the real motive behind the raid.

Investigations are underway by the Criminal Investigation Division’s break-in squad to find out the culprits who broke into City Hall.

October 17, 2005

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