SINGAPORE – Papua New Guinea’s acting police commissioner, Francis Tokura, has sought to damp down speculation about fraud squad investigations into a number of matters in Bougainville.
Tokura said that social media claims that the investigations are aimed at destabilising Bougainville ahead of November’s referendum on the province’s political future are untrue.
“I want to make it clear that the investigations taking place are the result of allegations made regarding a number of audits and financial matters,” he said.
“These investigations are not political in nature.
“They do not target any particular individual or individuals.
“When an allegation is raised [police] have an obligation to investigate and that is what is now taking place. Lawful process must be allowed to take place.”
Tokura said that attempts to disrupt or undermine the investigations could be regarded as obstruction of justice.
He appealed to the broader community to allow police to undertake their work.