Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani has called for calm from the relatives of the missing person whose dead body was found along the Sasafa River –boarding Baegu Asifola and Lau Baelelea yesterday.
“At this time of great tragedy, I sincerely called for calm from the relatives of the deceased in Loina and elsewhere,” he said in a statement today.
Suidani continued: “Let us allow the police to conduct their investigations to determine the cause of the death and to refrain from taking any actions that would be unlawful. At this time when feelings are emotions are high let us allow the police to conduct their investigations into the unfortunate and tragic death of a loved one.”
“Similarly, I am calling on all the community leaders and specifically to the Members of Parliament for North Malaita and Baegu Asifola to work closely with the police to address this tragic and unfortunate situation in every way possible,” he said.
Based on information from the Premier’s Office, the deceased had accompanied the body of his father-in-law from Auki to Uniai, the home village of his late father-in-law, in Baegu Asifola.
It was said that the deceased left in the early hours of Saturday 31st December 2022 without the knowledge of his wife and in-laws. Police and the communities have since conducted searches and yesterday the body of the deceased was found along the Sasafa River.
According to sources close to the police, the body was transported to relatives at Gwounasu in Lau Baelelea yesterday, and the police are working on the required paperwork to conduct a post-mortem on the deceased body.