Land dispute over police post at Pelau sorted

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

POLICE officers posted to the Malaita Outer Islands Pelau police post now have access to the facilities there.

This was made possible after the longstanding land dispute on which the post stands was resolved, recently.

Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said he was part of a delegation which included the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Police which went to meet and discuss with the chiefs of Pelau regarding the matter.

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Mangau said as a result of the talks, the land dispute was resolved.

Mangau also said that through their discussion landowners and chiefs also allocated two islands between the Tasman and Lordhowe Border for police to reside and monitor the Border there.
He said currently officers who were deployed there are now stationed at the border and not in the villages as they have been when they first deployed.

“It was a very successful discussion with the leaders and Landowners there which come to an understanding where they are offering their two islands for police to reside during the Border operations,” Mangau said.

He also said the officers at MOI are yet to be replaced since their deployment but since outstanding were sorted out, discussion on the next deployment is next.

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