Police to enquire into bribery attempt on PPC Malaita

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

POLICE Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says no formal complaint has been raised to the po-lice about allegations of bribery in Malaita.

Two separate bribery allegations on the PPC Malaita and also on two members of Provincial Assembly were reported in media recently.

Mangau, responding to questions during a recent media conference, said that he is aware of allegations being discussed in the social media but there are no formal complaints reported to the Police about those bribery allegations on the MPAs.

But if those allegations are true then come forward and report to the police, Mangau said.

Regarding two officers of a logging company attempting to bribe the PPC Malaita, Mangau said, he will check on Auki police as to whether any enquiry has been made into that allegation.

He said there is still no update on those issues and police will follow-up on that allegations.

Last week, Opposition Leader Matthew Wale condemned the alleged bribery attempt by the two officers of a logging company on the Malaita Provincial Police Commander in Auki.

Wale commended PPC Riolo for refusing to accept the bribe and publishing the incident.

“In this PPC Riolo has shown a good example to other public officers to emulate in exposing corruption,” Riolo said.

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However, Wale was also concerned why the PPC did not immediately order the arrest of both officers and their boss to whom he spoke on the phone.

The Opposition Leader said these people are so bold in going to the RSIPF Auki provincial office to commit their crime.

“It was important that not only should the evidence be collected on the spot, but that they should also be arrested forthwith,” the Opposition Leader stressed.

Wale said the attempted bribery of the PPC is a serious matter and should not be left un-punished.

“The RSIPF is the premier law enforcement agency in Solomon Islands and these people obviously intended to compromise its work in relation to a matter directly affecting them or their company.

“We all, but especially police officers, must jealously guard the effectiveness and impartiality of the RSIPF against such malign activities aimed at undermining the rule of law in Solomon Islands,” the Opposition Leader adds.

“It is important that we do things properly and according to laws of the country, and ordinances of the Province and not allow people to flout our laws.

“I therefore call on the Police to immediately pursue investigations into this allegation and arrest those involved.”

He said PPC Riolo’s actions demonstrates quality that is required by the people in our public offices, especially the Police force.

“PPC Riolo, your decision shows your dedication to the rule of law and your job as a senior police officer, and serves as an example to other public officers,” Wale said.

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