Friday, 22 August 2008 8:56 AM

Police Minister Condemns Attack on Police Station

The Solomon Islands Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Samuel Manetoali, has spoken out against the recent arson attack on the Kakabona police station.

Mr Manetoali said it was particularly disappointing that the attack happened at a time when the nation was working hard to re-establish the rule of law.

"The burning of the station was not only a physical attack on the Kakabona station but it is also a direct attack on the hopes and wishes of the majority of people in this country who want to see a peaceful future for our beloved Solomon Islands."

Mr Manetoali said the best chance the nation had of building a peaceful future was to continue the hard work of re-establishing law and order. This can only be achieved if police and community work together.

"The police force is here to help the community. Regardless of whether the Kakabona post was manned at the time of the attack, it is still the property of the police and was being used to provide a service to the community."

Mr Manetoali said that he hoped that those who committed this crime would come forward so that they could be brought to justice.

"If you have any information regarding this attack, I urge you to come forward, and make your own small contribution to rebuilding law and order and security peace for our beloved Solomon Islands," Mr Manetoali said.

The SIPF investigation into the arson attack is continuing, and any person who has any knowledge of the incident is urged to contact their local police station.