Home-brew producer on the run, police wants community support to arrest him
RSIPF calls on a community in Western Province to assist with the arrest of a suspect of illegal brewing
The Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Western Province Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu calls on people at Narovai Village on Rarumana Island and surrounding communities to assist the police arrest a suspect for illegal brewing at the Village.
Villagers called the police at Gizo on 20 March 2021 to report the incident.
PPC Lenialu says, “Villagers at Narovai witnessed the suspect selling homebrew to villagers especially youth after he was arrested previously for the same offense of illegal brewing of homebrew at his residence.”
“The officers left Gizo Police Station at 8am and upon their arrival the complainant and the community were waiting for them. The suspect saw the officers and escaped. The officers only managed to collect the equipment he used for brewing as exhibits.”
PPC Lenialu adds, “The officers instead conducted an awareness to the community on the illegal brewing of home brew, kwaso as well as the COVID 19 pandemic.”
“The community were pleased with the quick response shown by police and the work they have done for the community.”
“I want to call on people at Narovai Village and the nearby villages to report to police anywhere they happen to see the suspect. He must be arrested to stop the practise of brewing because it can destroy the health of our young generation,” says PPC Lenialu.