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Juffa: Law and order a high priority

Northern governor Gary Juffa has joined Commissioner of police and the Prime Minister in calling for Papua New Guineans to lay down arms and cease acts of local terrorism.

“I stand with the Commissioner of Police David Manning and Prime Minister James Marape to apply the full force of the law to quell all forms of local terrorism in PNG and, particularly, in Northern Province.

“I am particularly concerned as a few weeks ago my Oro Bay RPSC (rural police station commander) Sgt Terry Giwaya was ruthlessly gunned down only a few kilometres away from his station,” Mr Juffa said.

“I commend Commissioner Manning and his ACP Southern Clement Dalla for their swift action in responding to our plight, seeing through the proficient capture of the alleged thugs and the recovery of an alleged police firearm.

“The success of this operation is attributed also to the provincial police command, our local Northern police personnel,” Mr Juffa said

“All gloves off” is not a order given lightly by any police commissioner or prime minister but our ignorance of the rule of law and the disrespect to its enforcement machinery – the RPNGC is timely and very necessary”.

He added that law and order in Northern Province will always be a priority on par with health, infrastructure and education and seeing Northern provincial government expending close to 1 million kina to date.

Every citizen has a right to move freely without fear and to engage in commerce with the full covering of the laws of our country and I stand with my prime minister and our police commissioner to clamp down local terrorism and elements that fuel the atrocities

Meanwhile, Governor Juffa indicated plans were afoot to repatriate the late Sgt Giwaya back home including an official program scheduled to take place after independence celebrations.