Temotu CDO arrested for official corruption

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POLICE yesterday arrested and charged the Constituency Development Officer (CDO) for Temotu Nende constituency for official corruption.

Police say Philip Tuplo allegedly committed the offence way back in 2013.

He faces one count of official corruption.

A number of constituents yesterday hailed the arrest.

“The arrest is long over-due,” said one.

Tuplo was released on principle bail and will appear at the Honiara Magistrate Court on 8 September 2021.

Director of National Criminal Investigation Superintendent Michael Bole says the arrest was made upon the advice of the Director Public Prosecution office.

“He was arrested over the payment of housing materials for a community project in the constituency,” Bole said.

“I would like to thank the Officer In-Charge (OIC) Corruption Investigation Unit and team for their hard work to make the arrest done,” he added.

“I call for the public to come forward to the police and report any corruption practices committed by those in authority.”

Tuplo comes from Mebialo village on Santa Cruz.