Fire comments may have forced PNG superintendent's suspension

6:30 pm on 10 October 2017

The police superintendent formerly in charge of Papua New Guinea's national capital district may have been suspended for his comments about a fire at a police station.

Papua New Guinea police.

Papua New Guinea police. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Ben Turi has been suspended for 21 days by the deputy police commissioner Jim Andrews over allegations of serious disciplinary offences.

Following the fire in offices of the Criminal Investigation Division at Port Moresby's Boroko police station last Thursday, Mr Turi told the National he had written to the commissioner and higher authorities.

He said he wanted to address the situation regarding the fire and the allegations as to what caused it.

The Post Courier reported Mr Turi had called for the resignation of the assistant police commissioner Sylvester Kalaut following the fire.

It said relations between the two men's offices had not been harmonious.

Police commissioner Gari Baki is due to comment on the matter today.