The Police Operations on the Tigak Group of Islands wouldn’t have been successful, if it weren’t for community partnership with peace-loving citizens from the island who stepped out of their comfort zone to take ownership of restoring peace in society.
New Ireland PPC, Chief Inspector, Felix Nebanat commended the complainant and his family who fully funded the Police Operations without hesitation in the name of bringing Law and Order into his home.
“This signifies true leadership character and the essence of having the heart for our women, children and the innocent citizens who are entitled to live peacefully in the safety of their home,” Nebanat said. It is one thing to sit back and seek intervention but it takes courage for someone to take action especially against the odds.
According to Police report the complainant has been providing his personal resource including boat, fuel, rations and accommodation on the island for the Police personal since the beginning of this operation. While the Niu Ailan Polis contributed with ration and fuel supplementary.
Nebanat also thanked the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation Mr. Anton Billie, the Divisional Commander NGI – ACP Perou N’Dranou, and Group Commander Islands Mobile Group, Cleopas Gayema for their prompt intervention in moving the re-enforcement team on time to beef up manpower for the local Police. For far too long this issue has been neglected, this incident should resonate a message to the neighboring island of New Hanover from which this lawlessness escalated from, to stop the ethnic clashes and let peace prevail before Police moves in.
Other stakeholders were also commended for having trust and confidence in the PPC (Nebanat) by providing goods and services for the operations including Solwara Meri for transporting the re-enforcement team from Kokopo to Namatanai, Noah’s Ark Transit for accommodation, Red Star Limited Kavieng for rations, KDDA and AME Hire Car Limited for transport plus other stakeholders and partners that have helped one way or the other.
We are moving in the right direction in terms of SMART POLICING in partnering with the community and stakeholders,” said PPC Nebanat.