The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has arrested additional 12 suspects that make up the total of arrests to 32 before the lockdown exercise closed at 6am this morning (31 August 2021).
RSIPF COVID-19 Police Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Simpson Pogeava said that 32 suspects there are, two Juveniles, one female and 31 Males suspects.
Commander Pogeava said the suspect’s age ranged between 18 to 35-years-old. Apart from the 32 suspects of breaching the lockdown regulation, two (2) suspects were arrested for brewing of Kwaso (homebrew).
AC Pogeava said the suspects were charged for restriction of movement under the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) regulation. The RSIPF investigators dealt with the suspects and they appeared in Honiara Central Magistrate’s Court this afternoon.
Mr Pogeava said despite the arrests, I must commend members of the public; especially those in the emergency zone for their assistance in making the police operation a successful one. On behalf of all the officers who took part in the lockdown operation, I wish to thank you for all the positive feedback received on the work by RSIPF officers during the operation.
Mr. Pogeava says I want to thank the RSIPF officers from Honiara City, Guadalcanal Police and other Departments within the RSIPF for supporting the Operation in one way or the other for your dedication and sacrifice for the safety and security of our people.
He says this has not ended yet as the SoPE declared, is still on. Police will continue to assist the government to enforce the SoPE including in the emergency zone in Honiara and in the common border with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands and Malaita Outer Island.