The newly appointed Metropolitan Superintendent for NCD , Acting Chief Superintendent Gideon Ikumu says he will not deviate from performing his established duties as the city’s top cop, despite allegations levelled against him.
“The welfare and safety of the people of NCD is greater and upon me,” said Mr Ikumu.
Acting Chief Superintendent Ikumu addressed the media in Port Moresby clarifying certain allegations against him during his term as Provincial Police Commander in New Ireland “to set the records straight”
Ikumu said allegations of an assault and a motor vehicle accident in New Ireland took place while he was PPC in the province and both matters have been dealt with accordingly.
He said the motor vehicle accident is still before the district court in New Ireland and resumes again in March. He was charged for dangerous driving causing death while the assault case was an “administrative matter” which was resolved away from the public eye.
“For the assault case, it was a matter of command and control at the station. I approached a police officer because of something he did,” said Ikumu.
“He came too close to me within my private space, trying to measure up to me. I pushed him, he fell a step back and hit the table. And that was the complaint that he was assaulted by me.”
Ikumu said, “these allegations and speculations will still arise later on so it’s better to speak now than later. So I want these cleared out before I start to lay out my plans on what I want to do in NCD.”