Additional police and Defense Force personnel will be sent to restore normalcy in Angore, Hela province with a warning to landowners to refrain from causing further damage to properties along the project site areas.
Acting Police Commissioner Jim Andrews sounded the stern warning in a press conference together with PNG Defense Force saying additional manpower from police and DF will be sent to investigate and arrest those perpetrators causing problems.
Andrews called on the landowners to refrain, follow due process, and deal with the matter of their unpaid royalties with the government.
“It’s not a threat, it’s a warning for the people to refrain from damaging properties and follow normal chain of command with government and resource developers to sort the issue out”, he said.
He said police are closely monitoring the situation in hides adding that landowners must take ownership and resort to a round table discussion.