Thursday, January 14, 2010

Escapees' hideouts still unknown

By DULCIE OREKE in The National


POLICE yesterday afternoon still had no leads into the whereabouts of the 12 escapees who walked out from PNG’s highest maximum security unit at Bomana Jail, on the outskirts of Port Moresby on Tuesday morning.

Acting deputy commissioner of police, chief of operations Raphael Huafolo yesterday said police really did not know where the escapees were but were still looking for them.

He said the people were in fear and were scared to come forward to give any information regarding their escape but it would take time as they were dealing with people.

In the mean time, he said that when they did get any forwarding information police would have to assess and check those information.

Mr Huafolo however, advised the public to co-operate with police and report the matter to them for any sightings of the escapees.

“All information will be treated confidentially,” Mr Huafolo said.     

He also appealed to the escapees to voluntarily surrender to police.

Meanwhile, police in the Milne Bay province have stepped up operations at all entry points into the province for any possible access by the 12 dangerous men.

“More than 20 policemen will be deployed to the airport, waterfronts and along the boarder areas of Oro and Central provinces to check all boats, aircrafts and people entering the province,” provincial police Lincoln Gerari said.

He said although they had not received any leads into the exact location of the escapees, police were prepared to ensure that Milne Bay province was not threatened.

Insp Gerari called on the public

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