An ethnic clash that sparked between the Wabag’s and Tari’s two days ago just outside the Gerehu main market in Port Moresby has now being contained, according to Police Station Commander, Inspector Hanson Tokali.
“A Tari man got into argument with another man from Wabag after he did not want to repay the money he borrowed from the Wabag man. They both exchanged punches and the situation escalated.”
According to the station commander, both man were betel-nut sellers who carry out their daily sellings outside the Gerehu Main Market.
The two men mobilized their tribesmen and a fight ensued opposite the market at the Gerehu sports ground, luckily the police were quick to respond and contained the situation.
“There has been one reported to have been injured but no reports of casualties since yesterday. The four suspects that have caused the harm are known by police and will be apprehended.”
According to the inspector there has been no damage to the main market or harm to any civilians but the police had removed and destroyed tables and betel-benches on the sidewalk to prevent such incidents to reoccur in the nearby future.
“Our men removed the tables that are used to sell betel-nut after the clash to avoid such incidents to happen in the future because you never know, any innocent civilian could be harmed as well as properties damaged”
“We are enforcing the rules put in place by the city council to ensure the outlook of our city is decent and free from such incidents.”
All business houses and market within the suburb are back to normal and the situation has been contained by police as of yesterday.