PNG police commander says no to compo

Joseph Kondo. Picture: RNZ

A Papua New Guinea police commander says he will not allow any form of compensation to be paid for wrongdoings and wants perpetrators of the recent tribal violence in Enga to face the full force of the law.

Joseph Tondop made the comments after locals at Porgera and Laiagam found two more dead bodies this week, bringing the total number of deaths stemming from the conflict, to eight.

Mr Tondop has given 48 hours to those involved in the killing of innocent people at Aiyak village in Laiagam to surrender.

He said he will not allow any compensation payments to be made.

Mr Tondop said when people accepted compensation, they allowed the lawbreakers to walk away freely.

The National newspaper reported the commander also gave 48 hours to the Akol tribe in Ambum to surrender suspects involved in the killing of a grade 10 student at Lakuwi village, in Wabag recently.

He challenged community leaders and the public to ask themselves why areas like Lagaip, Porgera, Kandep and some parts of Wabag had trouble every day while other areas were peaceful.

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