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Madang Governor Yama condemns manner of arrests

 The manner in which the National Fraud Squad arrested the eight senior public servants implicated in the K6 million for the Manam Resettlement Authority in Madang was condemned by Madang Governor Peter Yama.

Peter Yama
Madang Governor Peter Yama

Yama who held a Press Conference yesterday afternoon, said the Provincial Government will not make any statement on the case as it is now before the Courts but was disappointed in the manner in which the Police have arrested the eight suspects.

A disappointed Yama lashed out at the Assistant Police Commissioner Northern Command, Peter Guiness for allegedly having close interest in this case with Police Officers coming into the province from Lae to make the arrests.

However, ACP Guinness, where Madang comes directly under his command said, he had no other interest in this case but was only performing his duty as a policeman.

The eight who appeared for mention at the Ramu District Court were refused bail but have been charged and are currently remanded at the Buimo jail outside of Lae City.

Joseph Aka, Reisino Peni, Richard Nagos and Anton Kaming of the Ramu Development Foundation Limited were each charged with 19 counts of conspiracy to defraud while, Joseph Kunda Bonomane, Helen Kanimba, Henry Kambuka and Loimeng Bande were each charged for abuse of office for breaching the Public Finance Management Act.

In 2017 the National Government appropriated K20 million under its Public Investment Program and the funds were managed by the Madang Provincial Government on behalf of the MRA.

This money was unlawfully diverted from MRA to RDF Limited, a business arm of the Madang Provincial Government. 

Fm100 / PNG Today

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