The police investigation into apprehending the University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) students responsible for the burning of the school’s property during a recent protest, has led to over 50 students arrested and charged.
The students were charged for multiple offences including arson, issuing threats, assault, and intentional property damage. More arrests are expected to be made with investigations continuing.
Police Commissioner David Manning was furious with the violent behavior portrayed by the university students themselves during the protest.
“The country is fed-up of wild and ignorant behavior of youths especially students who think the law will not hold them responsible because they are students,” said the Police Commissioner.
“We expected a more sensible and productive rally from an educated group. They know more than others, especially the appropriate and lawful channel to settle any grievances.”
The UNRE Student Representing Council (SRC) who were leading the senseless and violent behavior will also face additional charges.
“We are throwing the book at the soon to be former students who were involved in burning and destroying properties. The students should feel ashamed, and their families, districts and provinces would feel disappointment and embarrassment about what they have caused. “
Commissioner Manning promptly addressed the East New Britain Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Janarius Vosivai to proceed to arrest and charge students who continue to break laws.
“I warn any accomplice who seeks to complicate police investigations, will be charged with obstruction. Students who were involved should turn themselves and face consequences for their actions.”
“Students, see this and use as an example if you break the Law, so be warned that you will be charged if you are caught breaking the law and arrested,” said Commissioner Manning.