13 Dec 2005

PNG police in Kimbe threaten force to extract allowance payment

1:34 pm on 13 December 2005

Police in the Papua New Guinea town of Kimbe have forced the provincial government to pay them more than 16,000 US dollars after they threatened to throw administration workers out of their offices.

A West New Britain provincial administration executive has told the Post Courier newspaper that 26 policemen drove up in police vehicles to the provincial office with guns and threatened the staff to pay them their outstanding disaster allowances for work they carried out during the Mt Pago eruptions in 2002.

He said the policemen ordered staff member to pay the money or they would physically remove all the public servants from their offices.

The official said on the same day the administration issued a cheque for more than 16,000 dollars taken out of the national government grants to pay the policemen.