Kokopo Police in East New Britain have intercepted three PNG Soldiers who were smuggling unauthorized election materials. They are are being held in police custody in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, allegedly hired by a candidate in New Ireland Province. The three non-commissioned soldiers await the arrival of their superiors from Port Moresby to further interrogate them for their involvement with a candidate from Namatanai. A warrant officer and two corporals were with 19 men and a woman who were on Air Niugini’s PX 204 from Port Moresby to Kavieng via Kokopo about 9.30am on Sunday.
East New Britain police response unit acted on intelligence from Port Moresby about suspicious passengers and cargoes aboard the flight.
The response unit waited for the flight at Tokua and took in the men and the woman, who all claimed to be ex-military personnel.
No military weapons were found on them after preliminary checks.