PNG Soldiers Praised For Supporting Police And Customs Work Along The Border With Indonesia

West Sepik Governor particularly notes collaboration with police in maintaing law and order

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, September 25, 2016) – Soldiers operating at the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border have been praised for their effort in clamping down on illegal activities along the border in West Sepik Province.

West Sepik Govoner Akmat Mai said this during a visit by the PNGDF chief of joint operations Colonel Ezekia Wenzel to Vanimo last Wednesday. Mr Mai applauded the soldiers’ efforts following a recent intervention which led to the capture of three trucks loaded with Asian goods without receipts that bypassed the Customs at Wutung and were heading to Vanimo. He said he was happy that the soldiers intervened.

“Double checking should always be considered at all times. If they are cheating along the border, that means they are cheating our country. Therefore it is important to double check goods coming in from border,” he said.

Mr Mai said the soldiers were complementing the police to maintain law and order issues in Vanimo and border villages. He said Vanimo was expanding gradually which would also impact on internal security. He said that plans were underway to upgrade and install power supply to the border post of Wutung to cover all security agencies’ residence, equipment and facilities.

Mr Mai said there should be better co-operation among the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Customs Service and National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority.

Colonel Wenzel thanked the Governor and his provincial administration for supporting the security forces, especially the soldiers operating in their province. He said the Defence Force belonged to the people, and  was always ready to support the province in its secondary role of providing logistics support and other services if required.

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