Police: riot instigators still at large

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Police officers are tirelessly working to bring the situation under control. PHOTO: Mavis N Podokolo
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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

ASSISTANT Commissioner Crime and Intelligence, Patricia Leta says alleged instigators of the recent riots in Honiara are yet to be arrested.

Responding to questions asked during a press conference, Ms Leta said the National Criminal Investigation Department of the RSIPF are still investigating that matter.

“Investigation is continuing as we have to ensure we have evidence before we can make an arrest”, Leta said.

Leta also confirmed that the recent arrest of local businessman, John Kwaita is also related to the November 2021 unrest.

“However, I will not comment further on that at the moment”, Leta said.

In regards to the number of people targeted in their investigation, Leta said she will not reveal the number of people under police radar as investigations are still continuing.

Meanwhile Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said with the looting and rioting more than 200 people were arrested.

Mangau also said that arrests and recovery of items taken during the looting and riot in November 24, 25 and 26 is still ongoing and Honiara City Police are engaging in that investigation.


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