POLICE are in custody of nine of the 29 Bougainvillean men who had escaped detention last week in Gizo.
Five men surrendered to RSIPF officers in Gizo on Saturday (Feb 24), adding to the initial four men who had turned themselves in on Friday night last week.
The men are now at Gizo Police Station in immigration custody. They will soon be interviewed and processed by police and immigration officers.
The men are supposed to have been returned to Bougainville yesterday after immigration checks have been completed.
Plans are being developed to return the men to Bougainville under police escort tom.
The four men who were detained on Friday night have already been removed from Gizo on Saturday morning by RSIPF officers, after immigration processing was completed.