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CALCULATING DAILY COSTS OF PROTECTING PETER O’NEILL FROM ARREST

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by MICHAEL J PASSINGAN

SECURITY DETAIL

The Security of the Prime Minister of any country should be concern for the citizens of that country and PNG should not be an exception. Prime Ministers do have a security detail. To my knowledge, prior to August 2011, all the Prime Ministers that PNG had had their security detail. At the most, there would be 5 members of the National Security Unit (NSU) of the Police who would provide security to the Prime Minister. At other times (usually), around two or three officers who would be accompanying the Prime Minister.

Since the issuance of the arrest warrant against Peter O’Neill, his personal security detail had been boosted to five (5) unmarked Toyota land cruisers on average for the last two years. I am reliably told by one of those persons that this around-the-clock protection to Prime Minister O’Neill is offered, not only by the members of the NSU, but other police officers and PNG Defence members.

For the last four seeks since the dramatic arr…

COMMISSIONER QUERIES CONFIDENTIALITY OF POLICE INVESTIGATIONS BEING POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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by BRYAN KRAMER

Today's post Courier ran a front page story suggesting the Commissioner of Police Gary Baki is querying how confidential investigations by National Fraud & Anti-Corruption ended up being posted on Social Media.

The daily paper quoted Baki having concerns as to why there was a need to go to media on public matters which are supposed to be confidential police investigations.
He added that the actions of Mr Damaru and Mr Gitua undermined the integrity of the office of the Commissioner of Police.

"This is a serious breach of discipline and amounts to insubordination. In fact they are treating the office of the Commissioner of Police with contempt. Why wasn't I briefed prior to the securing of the warrant of arrest?" Mr Baki said.

"Why wasn't I briefed in the three days prior to my directive for the briefing after having read this matter on Facebook?" he said.

In response I would like to clarify that I never obtained any confid…