Thursday, February 02, 2012

Oro duo wanted for stealing state property

By JUNIOR UKAHA

POLICE in Oro are looking for two public servants who allegedly removed property belonging to the Northern Province Restoration Authority.
Provincial police commander Victor Isouve said in December last year, the pair allegedly under the cover of darkness took a container of furniture, electrical goods and other items from the NPRA compound to Oro Bay to ship to Rabaul.
He said the new chairman, Arthur Jawodimbari, got suspicious of the actions of the duo and informed police who responded by stopping the men at Oro Bay and searched the container.
Isouve said a vehicle, wokabout sawmill, tables, chairs and electrical items were in the container bound for Rabaul.
The two men, who were employees of NPRA, were questioned and released pending further investigations.
The other suspect from East New Britain fled the province while the second man was in Port Moresby to sort out school fees for his children.
Isouve said investigations into the affairs of the NPRA revealed that four to five new vehicles were bought using the organisation’s money but were never delivered to the province to help Cyclone Guba victims.
He said instead all the vehicles were kept in Port Moresby by individuals.
Isouve said police were trying to find out where all the money had gone to.
He said the El Nina period in the province had resulted in road conditions along the Kokoda Highway and other places like Oro Bay and Girua deteriorating

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