Assistant Police Commissioner Kaiglo Ambane, the Highlands Western End divisional commander, told The National yesterday from Mendi that they had run out of space at the police station cells in Mendi and Tari, and at the Bei-ubi prison.
“I am giving out instructions to the provincial police commanders to stop further arrests until further notice,” he said.
Ambane said the situation would only get worse when the gun amnesty period expired on Feb 28 and the security forces, taking part in the K11 million Government-sanctioned call-out operation, started arresting people still holding guns.
Ambane said the Bei-ubi jail which could accommodate only 150 currently, had 210 people crammed into it.
The prison commander yesterday refused to take in an extra 16 “high-risk” inmates from Hela.
Ambane said the 16 were taken to the Mendi police station cell, which was already overcrowded and could only accommodate up to 40 people.
“There are more than 40 people in the police cell and is putting more pressure on the Southern highlands provincial police commander in terms of food,” Ambane said.