A man has been arrested and charged for impersonating a member of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
He was apprehended on Saturday 09th of October 2021, after NCD Metropolitan Superintendent came across him at the Gerehu Shopping Centre.
Superintendent Ikumu, had approached the impersonator, demanding why he was scruffy in uniform and conducting himself unprofessionally in a supermarket. Superintendent Gideon Ikumu realised something was not right, when the man didn’t know who was speaking to him.
He was apprehended by Waigani Police who were close by and were first to respond. Police personnel confirmed that the man was an impersonator.
He was taken to Waigani Police Station, where he was formally arrested and charged.
The Police uniform was removed from him and will be used as exhibit in Court.
He has identified himself to be Israel Badui of East Sepik.
He has never undertaken any formal police training and is not a Police Reservist.
We call on members of the community who may have at one time been dealt with by this person, to report any of the incidents if any to Waigani Police Station.
Internal Investigations will ascertain as to how he and for how long he has been impersonating to be a member of the RPNGC and if any regular members of the Constabulary have been entertaining him.
Divisional Commander NCD/Central Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jnr stated that there are reports of more impersonators within NCD and Central, and work is being done to identify and arrest them.
Photo of Police Impersonator Israel Badui
Story source: Police – NCD/Central Command