PNG Police Officer Suspended For Mishandled Murder Investigation

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Non-performance of duty alleged in failure to prosecute

By Donald Willie

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 20, 2016) – Head of Port Moresby police criminal investigation division Godwin Dukaduka has been suspended from duty for his mishandling of the Hanuabada shootings one year ago.

Several other CID officers have also have been suspended because of poor performance.

Met Supt Benjamin Turi said there had been failures to prosecute several other high-profile cases.

"He has not done his part in pushing his men to the limit. So it was for incompetence that he was suspended," Mr Turi said of Dukaduka’s suspension.

He said that two other police station commanders will also be suspended for non-performance of duty.

"I give you opportunity to perform and if you cannot perform to the standard I expect, I will replace you with the right people.

"The public want results. We always tell them this and that but nothing happens."

This month marks one year since the killing of Hanuabada men Nicholas Rarua and Toka Gaudi, allegedly by police, during a confrontation with police at the village’s roadside market.

Other CID officers and section heads will also be suspended, according to Met Supt Turi.

"After suspension, we will do our investigation and charge the officers. We have a lot of cases that were not being investigated properly and a number of murder cases that simply died out."

The acting OIC CID will be Inspector Tovere, the officer currently in charge of the Kokoda Track tourists attack case.

Meanwhile, there will be some changes among NCD policemen. The first will be CID officers who will be transferred out of Boroko into other police stations.

"Some of them have not been performing. No case in court. No Conviction whatsoever," Mr Turi said.

Some police officers are being queried about their association with some of the files and cases, while other have been in the same station too long.

"We will be regrouping them so that we have a mixture of all the policemen working together. When the people are from one area, usually they can just assault anyone. But when you break them up, they will put an eye on each other."

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