By JACOB POK
POLICE have arrested 23 secondary school students in the capital city for drinking homebrew and believed to be in the process of performing cult practices, The National reports.
The 15 girls and eight boys all attend the same school but were in different grades.
Police acted on a tip-off and caught them at a residence at Malolo estate near 8-Mile, Port Moresby.
According to police report, most of the students were aged 16 and 17 years, while a few were over 18.
The students were taken to the Boroko police station where they were questioned and locked up.
During the arrest, police found a bucket containing 20 liters of home-brew. There was a pad containing a list of 23 nicknames, apart from their real names.
Police became suspicious that the students were up to something sinister, such as cult practices.
Police said the students were in the process of drinking when they were apprehended.
NCD metropolitan commander Supt Joseph Tondop could not be reached for comment. But Police Commissioner Tony Wagambie and NCD Central divisional commander Fred Sheekiot said they were aware of the arrest but yet to receive full details of what the students were up to.