A Curfew isexpected to be enforced inside the UPNG campus in Port Moresby and theUniversity of Technology in Lae, once a submission by the National SecurityAdvisory Council (NSAC) is endorsed by Cabinet, according to Acting PoliceCommissioner Jim Andrews.
The NSAC meton Monday June 27 and unanimously agreed for the Curfew to be imposed immediatelyas a measure of stemming any further violence which may recur inside these twoUniversities.
Mr Andrewssaid the recent spate of violence and the death of a student at Unitech are nowlaw and order issues, which require immediate police investigations with theaim of bringing offenders to justice.
After the June8 UPNG unrest, sporadic violence and destruction to properties and prolongedethnic tensions were reported inside these two universities.
Mr Andrewssaid NSAC reached a consensus and made this proposition to Government followingthe death of a student at the Lae Unitech Campus on June 25.
The NSAC hasunanimously agreed for the curfew to be imposed over a 30 day period with thepossibility of further extensions until peace and good order is fully restoredinside these two Universities.
Mr Andrewssaid all access roads leading into these two universities would be restrictedand manned by police and University Security guards.
He said policedetectives are now assigned to investigate all acts of arson, wilful damage,assault, grievous bodily harm, and the Unitech murder.
“The twoUniversity Councils in Port Moresby and Lae have agreed in principal to assistthe law enforcement agencies in whatever way they can, including identifyingsuspects involved in any act of crime perpetrated over the past few weeks,” MrAndrews said.
He said the investigationswould also extend beyond the boundaries of these two Universities to ascertainwhether students were incited, coerced or influenced by external sources.
Mr Andrewssaid, “We would also look into the activities of certain individuals who haveand are continuing to use Facebook and other social media to advocate and postanti-government slogans directly inciting and provoking students as well asordinary citizens to revolt and cause acts of violence.
“Everyoneaffected by the recent spate of violence should come forward and assist theinvestigators, once the curfew is sanctioned by NEC and enforced.”
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