2 Oct 2012

Confusion in Vanuatu over who heads the police following mutiny accusations

8:25 am on 2 October 2012

Vanuatu's Police Service Commission says that Joshua Bong remains the country's Police Commissioner despite confusion over who is in the role amid mutiny allegations against senior police officers.

The government is closely monitoring events within the police force after the arrests of three sernior police figures including deputy Police Commissioner Arthur Caulton on Friday.

Johnny Blades reports.

"The arrests were ordered by the Police Commissioner Joshua Bong shortly after the end of his three-month suspension for incompetence and just days before the scheduled expiry of his contract. The three have reportedly been granted bail. However the Minister for Internal Affairs George Wells says Joshua Bong's tenure as Police Commissioner ended on Sunday night and that Major Caulton is the acting Police Commissioner as appointed by the President. However the Police Service Commission claims that following its meeting last night, it unanimously decided that Joshua Bong is to hold office for a new 5 year-term."