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Akbar, Police Help Bury Homeless Man

In the midst of the rain yesterday morning, a small delegation gathered at the Nasinu Cemetery at Wainibuku to bury a 65-year-old man who is believed to have been homeless.
05 Jun 2015 08:52
Akbar, Police Help Bury Homeless Man
Minister Rosy Akbar at the funeral. Photo: Fiji Police Media Cell

In the midst of the rain yesterday morning, a small delegation gathered at the Nasinu Cemetery at Wainibuku to bury a 65-year-old man who is believed to have been homeless.

Fiji Police Force Totogo Police Station officer-in-charge Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tevita Waqabaca said the deceased, Lito Sigauna Ceva was a regular face at the Suva Market Community Post.

“The man was believed to be homeless and frequented the vicinity of Suva City and always found comfort at the community post,” ASP Waqabaca said.

The burial was attended by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, staff of the Social Welfare Department, members of the Beggars Joint Taskforce team and Police officers.

Ms Akbar expressed her sympathy to a person who was left homeless, and upon his death, had no family members present to accord him a proper burial.

“We should always care for our loved ones, and never neglect our elders,” she said.

Mr Ceva died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva after he was taken there by Police officers from the Suva Market Community Post a fortnight ago. He had called in at the Community Post after falling ill. The funeral was a sign of compassion shown to a fellow human being who did not have the opportunity to be farewelled by his real family.

As part of the Duavata Community Policing initiative, the Fiji Police Force while executing its duties as a member of the Beggars Joint Taskforce Team in Operation Loloma, did not treat Mr Ceva as the subject of a case. But a person who had little in this world to call his own.

Mr Ceva, while a foreigner among his own, will be remembered as a friend of the Fiji Police Force.

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