RISE IN ILLEGAL ARMS AND DRUG TRADE IN GULF

"Gulf Provincial Police Commander Silva Sika said there are two sets of groups operating in Kikori in the trade of arms and drug trafficking."

Illegal arms and drug (marijuana) trade is spreading at an alarming rate within the borders of Gulf and Western Province as a result of lack of logistic support in manning the border.  

Gulf Provincial Police Commander Silva Sika said there are two sets of groups operating in Kikori in the trade of arms and drug trafficking.

PPC Sika said about 16 police personnel have been deployed to the rural police outpost in Kikori to carry out investigations and patrol the borders with support from local district police.

He said police believe a gang of 6 men and more are still in the vicinity of Kikori district and in hiding after a confrontation with police last week.

Sika blamed the inability to patrol the borders in the waters of Gulf and Western Province to have given rise to selling and buying of firearms,drugs and even marine products sold illegally by locals.  

He said locals are trading with foreigners especially Indonesians and Thursday Islanders in the buying and selling especially of marine products.

PPC Sika said illegal activities will continue to remain unattended as long as the borders are unmanned while police are under resourced.  

By Tom KILAVI
April 3, 2019