Solomon Is authorities detain Ukrainian national

Update: 5:20PM SOLOMON Islands Police and the Immigration Department have arrested and detained a Ukrainian national who is alleged to have illegally entered the country through the common border with Papua New Guinea.

Police in Taro in the Choiseul Province were alerted by the Immigration Department on April 9 that the 28-year-old man had entered Solomon Is through the Shortland Islands and was believed to be in Taro.

Choiseul Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Cedar Nevol said her officers tracked the foreign national 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 April 10 at his own expense to travel to Honiara to meet with Immigration Officials,” Superintendent Nevol said.

“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.”

She said the officers travelled to Toumoa where the man was picked up and brought back to Taro on Wednesday evening.

The director of Immigration Solomon Islands has now instructed the PPC Choiseul Province to detain the Ukrainian national who had been held at the Taro Police 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.

Superintendent Nevol said Police in Choiseul Province, as one of the border provinces, would continue to assist the Immigration department to ensure such alleged illegal entries were processed through the legal channels.

“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.”