Police Commissioner Gari Baki has come out in defence of Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Junior and commended him for an excellent job in maintaining peace, law and order and security in Lae, especially at the University of Technology campus.
Commissioner Baki said the call by Works and Implementation Minister Francis Awesa to have Chief Superintendent Wagambie Junior removed is insensitive, irresponsible and uncalled for.
He said Mr Wagambie acted very responsibly and professionally throughout the student unrest and should in fact be commended and not ridiculed.
“There is really no ground to warrant such a call from the Minister. Neither Chief Superintendent Wagambie, nor the Lae police or the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary can be held liable or responsible for the death of the University of Technology student from the Southern Highlands.
“This happened inside the University campus between the students. Police efforts were concentrated preventing the problem from spilling over into the streets of Lae and in protecting the campus from outside threats.
“In fact Chief Superintendent Wagambie Jnr should be commended for his leadership which resulted in the quick arrest of three of the murder suspects,” Commissioner Baki said, adding that the efforts by police prevented the student unrest from spilling over into the streets or Lae
Commissioner Baki said politicians should refrain from meddling with the internal affairs of the Constabulary and that the decision to replace or transfer police officers rests with the Police Commissioner.