OPPOSITION Leader Belden Namah says a policeman’s oath is to protect the people of Papua New Guinea and not the Prime Minister.
"I wish to remind the members of the disciplinary forces, and in particular members of the Royal PNG Constabulary, of the significance of the oath they took upon becoming police officers," Mr Namah said in a media conference yesterday.
Mr Namah, flanked by Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, and Rabaul MP Allan Marat, urged the police hierarchy to immediately take control and diffuse what is potentially an explosive situation.
"The oath you took is to uphold the Constitution and serve the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The Independent State of Papua New Guinea means the people of Papua New Guinea and not the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea or the Opposition Leader or the Commissioner," he reminded members of the police force.
The Police Act 1998 says an officer commits an offence if he or she, while on duty in uniform, smokes in a public place, chews betelnut or acts offensively towards a member of public.
The Hohola Guest House and Juha College have also become victims of police raids since Monday, following the incident at Nine Mile when a police officer was slashed.
Properties at the guest house were destroyed and people were beaten up by police.
Substantial amounts of money are believed to have been taken by police during the three-day raids.
After the incident at Nine Mile on Sunday night, truckloads of police arrived at the Hohola Guest House, which also houses the Juha College, and destroyed properties, took cash and bashed up employees.
The same happened on Tuesday, when again, three truckloads of police personnel attacked employees and properties.
While the matter has been reported to Hohola Police Station, company director Tehe Pua expressed concern at the loss of business, time and money.
An ex-police inspector, Neil Yapa deplored the manner in which the attack was carried out.
He said Hohola is under the command of Hohola Police Station and police officers from other commands conducting a raid on the guest house are uncalled for.
He has called on the commissioner to discipline the officers involved.
In the meantime, assurance was given today in the newspapers by both Police Commissioner Geoffery Vaki and Deputy Jim Andrews. They ensured they would deal with officers who acting beyond their normal duties.
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