Police in the Taro Police Station in Choiseul Province have detained a 28-year- old man from Ukraine following instructions from the Immigration Department alleging that the man entered Solomon Islands illegally through the common border with Papua New Guinea.
"We were alerted by the Immigration Department on 9th April 2018 that the man had entered Solomon Islands through the Shortland Islands and was believed to be in Taro. My officers tracked him down and invited him to the Taro Police Station. We discovered he did not have his passport on him. Following instructions from Immigration in Noro, Police instructed him to get on the Solomon Airlines flight on 10th April 2018 at his own expense to travel to Honiara to meet with Immigration Officials," says Provincial Police Commander, Choiseul Province, Superintendent Cedar Nevol.
PPC Nevols adds. “The Ukraine national however failed to board the Solomon airline flight and took off to Fauro Islands in the Shortlands by boat. With information from members of the community, Police discovered he had travelled to Toumoa village on Fauro Islands in the Shortland Islands. My officers travelled by stabi craft to Toumoa where the man was picked up and brought back to taro the evening of Wednesday 11th April 2018."
The Director of Immigration Solomon Islands has now instructed the PPC Choiseul Province to detain the Ukrainian national who has been held at Taro station.
According to the instruction of the Director Immigration, the Ukrainian will be detained until arrangement have been made for him to be transported back to the Papua New Guinea side of the common border with Solomon Islands.
Police in Choiseul Province as one of the border Provinces will continue to assist the Immigration Department to ensure such alleged illegal entries are processed through the legal channels," says Superintendent Nevol.
She adds. “I wish to thank members of the public for information which led to the location of the Ukrainian national and my officers for bringing him back to Taro after he escaped to Fauro Islands.
Source: Royal Solomon Islands Police Media