WHOEVER unlocked the cage will get mauled. If that is not going to be at the hands of the very beast let out, it will certainly be by another, perhaps a more ferocious one.
But naturally, that would take time. Unfortunately, before that comes to pass, a lot more innocent bystanders will be attacked or made to suffer some loss because the dangerous beast is now on the loose, maybe with vengeance in mind. That goes without saying that the escaped beast itself will also meet its fate.
If this will be of some small impact, we do echo the voice of police to the public to be vigilant. Give no room to the evil that lurks and would pounce on any given opportunity. Beware, the hunted is also on the hunt; it is looking out for complacency, negligence and plain foolhardiness.
We are referring to the many dangerous criminals that have escaped the grasp of law enforcement agencies in the space of just a few months, if not weeks. The most significant of such escapes has been that of famed bank robber William Kapris and his band of high risk prisoners from Bomana's maximum security unit.
The media has been fed with after-the-event rumour and conspiracy theories; some plausible, others detrimental to efforts to recapture to escapees.
Metropolitan Superintendent Fred Yakasa has come out publicly to state that three warders have been charged for abetting the escape.
CIS Commissioner Richard Sikani has reportedly stated that one of his charges had collected a large sum of money from somewhere to help the prisoners escape.
All that is coming in the heat of the moment. When the muddied waters settle, the truth will surface. And one truth that the PNG public would want to know is: Whether Kapris is the real culprit or is he simply a pawn set up by some person or entity much more sinister than the lone jail breaker and his accomplices.
The public is simply baffled over the seemingly effortless escape of the prisoners at Bomana.
That a female human rights lawyer fronts up one day and requests to see a resident of the maximum security unit without any approval from the Commissioner is simply beyond belief. How did she even go through the initial checkpoint without any body search to detect her side arm? How and why did it happen with such ease, Mr Commissioner? Such questions can only be answered in the official investigation now underway.
After the Madang and Kerema bank robberies the rumour mill was filled with stories of some higher-up people being involved and that the proceeds of these crimes might eventually end up in those people's bank accounts.
Whether there is any element of truth in those rumours is yet to be established; when and how that truth becomes known may be a long way away yet.
The one thought that gives us some comfort though is that same fate awaits both the predator and the prey. Today's ferocious, merciless monster will become tomorrow's helpless prey to another of its own kind or at the hands of the law.
We pray for their personal safety of the overworked Police and CIS personnel in the efforts to recapture these dangerous persons. While the rest of us sleep peacefully, theirs is the reality of keeping one eye open in their sleep. The hunted runs but when cornered, fights back ruthlessly. May good and justice prevail always.