The PNGDF has confirmed that none of its personnel were involved in the storming of the National Parliament today over APEC allowance payments for the Joint Security Task Force members.
The Operational Commander of the PNGDF Joint Task Force, Colonel Ezekia Wenzel clarified this afternoon that the troops remain intact in all units. Col. Wenzel said it was only factions of the Police and Correctional Services personnel that stormed parliament destroying government property.
“The speculations on social media about soldiers involved in the rampage are just not true,” said Col. Wenzel.
Meantime, the disgruntled personnel wanted the government to pay them their allowance as soon as possible. The government has given the assurance that they will be paid.
APEC CEO Chris Hawkins in response said unpaid allowances owed to members of the Joint Security Task Force are being paid into their accounts by the government.
Hawkins said, “The situation is unfortunate and uncalled for, and I appeal for security officers to remain calm.”