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PNG Police Chief orders Investigation into Rainbo Paita firing high-powered semi-automatic weapon

Papua New Guinea  Commissioner of Police David Manning has directed an investigation into the social media posting of National Planning Minister Rainbo Paita who was featured in a video firing a high powered semi-automatic  rifle.

PNG Police Chief
PNG Police Chief 

As the matter involves a national member of parliament and state minister the Commissioner has directed Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Anton Billie to lead this investigation. He will be ably assisted by a senior detective from the NCD command and a senior officer from the Police Internal Affairs Directorate.

The Commissioner’s decision to investigate was a matter of course to ascertain the facts surrounding the incident before recommending further action.

Mr Billie and his team are expected to report their findings to the Commissioner with recommendations by Friday December 17.

The Commissioner commended Mr Paita for stepping aside from his ministerial duties to allow for the investigation to proceed smoothly.

Meanwhile,  Opposition Leader Belden Namah has confirmed last night that he will file a police report against National Planning Minister Rainbo Paita

The Opposition Leader has also confirmed that he will file another case with Ombudsman Commission under leadership code against Minister Paita. 

Namah says the State Minister is actually seen firing the high powered rifle. 

"We need leaders in this country and not some immature kid who wants to play with toys. But mind you, this is not a toy. This is an high powered military issued weapon, Carbine M16A2". 

Namah said this is how illegal guns are acquired to support tribalism in our country. 

"Leaders like Rainbo Paita are actually the ones promoting it. Very immature, irresponsible and unbecoming of a national leader". 

The person who took the video and shared it was part of the team that escorted the concerned State Minister to this shooting site. Courtesy of him, the video will now become police and court material.

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