The people of Tangu in the Joseph-Staal district of Madang Province have reported some invaders (white men) with a Papua New Guinean and a Solomon Islander tagging along with them. Startled by their sudden intrusion, the people asked them why they rushed in without their consent but these four people, two New Zealanders with the Papua New Guinean and Solomon Islander said they were there to bring ‘BIG Development’, the typical liner again.
However the men, women and children in the area were not happy, as these invaders had a machine up on the areas where parts of the ground had cracked and were smiling and laughing to each other in a very suspicious way so the people decided to approach them.
When asked for the ‘second’ time what they are doing in the area, the four told the people not to worry as they (people) are very lucky because there’s coal in the ground that they (the 2 New Zealanders) will take out of the ground and make the Tangu people very rich.
Word is that the Papua New Guinean said he’s from the Ambunti District of the East Sepik Province, a geologist with the Frieda Mine, and the Solomon Islander from Honiara whose also said to be a geologist.
Seeing these strangers ignoring the village elders, the youths got frustrated and held the strangers up on their way out and took things they believe would be a threat to them (people) away from them. These foreigners and their two geologist ‘helpers’ went away threatening to bring back the Madang Police Task Force. The village councilor on behalf of the people went straight away to the Madang Police Station to explain to the task force the truth of what really happened and so the task force didn’t go up to Joseph-Staal.
With that the four resorted to conning the Bogia police, resulting in the Bogia police turning up on Wednesday (27th November) and dragged the councilor out of his house and forced him to go from house to house and collect all the items taken away from the invaders by the frustrated youths. It is understood that the two New Zealanders are already in Port Moresby, but they couldn’t leave the country as their passports, which may not be recovered are yet to be recovered. They should have gotten the people’s consent.