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Qiliho Pleads With Public To Take Heed Of Warning After Boy Drowns In Nausori

Statement from the Acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Despite the numerous weather warnings that have been continuously given over the past few days, there are still a group
22 Feb 2016 14:00
Qiliho Pleads With Public To Take Heed Of Warning After Boy Drowns In Nausori

Statement from the Acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Despite the numerous weather warnings that have been continuously given over the past few days, there are still a group of people that  DO NOT take serious heed of these warnings.

The alleged drowning by a 10-year old boy of Vuci in Nausori is a classic example of  this clear disobedience. It is alleged that the boy went out for a swim with his family members at around 1100hrs this morning and was discovered missing half an hour later.

The alarm was raised by his family members upon which a search party was  mounted by the family and villagers present.

The 10-year old boy’s body was discovered few meters down the river. His body was escorted to CWM Hospital upon which it is currently kept at the hospital morgue.

We continue to plead to members of the public that it is vital they are always informed of the current weather situation and to remain within the vicinity of their homes at all times. This is not really the time to be engaged in extracurricular activities such as swimming as the example of this case in Vuci.

The safety of the people is always our paramount concern and our advice will continue to be given. Parents and guardians are advised to make sensible decision about the movements of their children and young ones.

We continue to receive calls and information of people especially children that are frequenting regular swimming spots around the country and we advise that they refrain from such activities as there are still much damages visible around the country.

The country is currently being declared as a State of Emergency and under this; the Fiji Police Force has powers to arrest people that defy the law under this State. We have begun to bring people into our custody under this, as was done in Labasa over the weekend and we will NOT HESITATE to continue our arrest on people that are found to be Disobedient to Lawful Order.

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