The National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) are investigating an arson incident at Malaita Outer Island (MOI).

The investigation was initiated after a semi-permanent house belonging to the Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Sikaiana ward 33 was burnt to the ground on 16 October 2022.

It is understood disgruntled villagers lashed out at their local MPA over the lack of shipping services to the islands, leading to low food and basic supplies.

Director NCID Superintendent Michael Bole said seven suspects were transported to Honiara for further dealings while police will thoroughly investigate the matter to obtain good evidence to lay charges on those suspects.

Superintendent Bole appealed to people of MOI to assist police with information to deal with the suspects. Police need strong evidence to further proceed on with laying of charges against them.

Source: RSIPF Media