Police have arrested 53 suspects following the weekend's disorder. Photo credit: SIBC.

Police have arrested 53 suspects following the weekend’s disorder. Photo credit: SIBC.

A total of 53 suspects relating to last weekend’s looting and burning incident have been apprehended and are assisting police investigations.

The Police Media Unit confirms in its latest update.

It reports, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has restored order in and around the eastern part of Honiara where a group of people looted a shop and was later burnt.

A subsequent police operation was launched resulting in the arrest of seven offenders.

It adds, the operation continued over the weekend with the Police Response Team leading targeted raids backed by a strong investigation support from detectives from Honiara City, Kukum and Naha Police Stations.

Police Media reports, information provided by members of the public with the immediate response by the operation teams resulted in the arrest of an additional 46 suspects.

Investigators identified 15 of those arrested were related to the disorder and looting adding, the others were apprehended within the vicinity for minor offences.

The police media unit reports, the partnership between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the public has proved to be very effective as shown by the positive outcome of the current operation.

Meanwhile, Burns Creek Community leader, Chief Peter Usi is urging the National Government to have ‘dialogue’ with churches and community leaders to talk over issues of concern to the community.

Speaking to SIBC News today, Chief Usi says this is important as Government is always expected to be responsible for all its citizens.

Chief Usi adds, late reaction to address such social problems should be discouraged.

“Government I ask you to please try and work together with community leaders and church leaders we try to work together because government is by the people. This phrase in itself seem not to fullfil in reality. This makes me wonder and we only want to cooperate while the problem already happens.”

Chief Usi made the call in an effort to find the best solution to last weekend’s riot and looting- east of Honiara.

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