Papua New Guinea police superintendent, Andy Bawa, says he is giving 72 hours to the three men who escaped from custody at the Waigani Court House last Tuesday to surrender, before he issues orders for a man hunt.
The three wanted man were rescued by armed associates who drove into the restricted area of the court buildings.
The three, who are wanted for a string of offences and considered dangerous, had been scheduled to appear for mention when they fled.
Superintendent Bawa says he wants to make it easy for the three men to surrender themselves before he issue orders for a manhunt to take place.
The escapees are believed to be within the city premises and Mr Bawa says the general public must be vigilant.