RSIPF denies an article published online with the title ‘Tension high between B’villeans, SI border patrol’

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is denying an article authored by
Peterson Tseraha, which was first published on print media, and later on ‘It’s Only in
Bougainville’s Facebook page recently.

Commissioner of Police Mr. Mostyn Mangau says, “The article is extremely dangerous and
full of lies. By reading through the article, it would be inhuman for border officers to do
that.”


Commissioner Mangau says, “Police Officers are trained professionals and know how to
handle situations encountered. For RSIPF officers at the border forcing a young
Bougainvillian fisherman to swim back to shore after confiscating his belongings and
canoe is a cruel act. I believe my officers would not do such action.”


Mr. Mangau says, “This is the second incident of disinformation against the RSIPF that
has happened this year alone at the border between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and
Solomon Island (SI). It seems to be motivated by factions to discredit our border operation
with the intention to reopen the border for their own interest.”


“I was well informed by our patrol team who met this Bougainvillean fisherman after they
came back from their patrol and the information received is completely different from the
misinformation Mr. Teseraha stated in his article.”


“We are communicating with the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) Law
Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and almost the entire Pacific LEAs families and this article
is misleading and has to be fully and fairly investigated. I see this as another attack on
RSIPF to tarnish the good work done at the SI-PNG border by the RSIPF officers,” he
said.


The Police Chief says, “I am very surprised to see the publication of this unverified information
rather than contacting Buin, Arawa police, or even liaising with RSIPF Media Team to get
the balance of the story before putting it out in the media.”