A large supply of home-made weapons has been detained by police following the arrest of 76 people on Rendova Island this week.
The 76 people were arrested and charged by police over the logging row at Vasara Camp on Rendova Island, Western Province.
This includes bow and arrows, axe, bush knives; iron bars (rods) and other hard objects.
Police Commissioner Matthew Varley in a Police Media Conference confirms that no firearms were used or seized during the incident.
He says members of the RSIPF (Police) are still at the Vasara Camp to continue on with their investigation to ensure peace is maintain and at the same time conduct awareness talks with the communities there.
He says “Progress reports from officers in Vasara indicate the situation is calm and there has been no further disturbance.”
The Police Chief further reiterates that the police are not in the area to solve the dispute but to ensure Law and Order is uphold and also peace is preserved.
Commissioner Varley also stated that the Commissioner of Forests and other government agencies are the rightful bodies to resolve the dispute between the landowning groups and the logging company involved.
He warns communities to understand that no one is above the law and no one should take the law into their own hands; particularly through acts of violence.
He urges communities to resolve disputes by dialogue.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner thanked the surrounding communities to the Vasara Camp on Rendova Island in the Western Province, for their goodwill and support towards the police who were deployed to the area to stop the criminal activities resulting from the logging row.
By Solomon Fresh-Beat Online