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War On Drugs For The Suva District

Delegates of the Suva and Rewa district at their meet­ing at Nabaka village yester­day had unanimously agreed for the seven villages present – Suva­vou, Waiqanake, Muavuso, Toga­levu, Nabaka, Wainawa and
01 Mar 2018 11:04
War On Drugs For The Suva District
Tikina representatives during Tikina-o-Suva meeting in preparation for their Provincial meeting at Nabaka Village in Veisari, Lami on February 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Delegates of the Suva and Rewa district at their meet­ing at Nabaka village yester­day had unanimously agreed for the seven villages present – Suva­vou, Waiqanake, Muavuso, Toga­levu, Nabaka, Wainawa and Naivi­kinikini to stop the use of drugs in the villages.

Chairman and Turaga Na Tui Suva Ratu Sanaila Mudunavosa said the use of marijuana and ice in the district was common and must be stopped.

“We have to declare our war against the use of drugs in all our villages,” he said.

Police representative at the meet­ing Sergeant (Sgt) Timoci Buliru­arua said for the war against drugs in the district to be effective they needed to report the matter to them to conduct formal investigations.

He said they needed hard evidence to lay charges and win their case in court.

 

Sgt Buliruarua advised them even if they were suspicious they should just report the matter for them to carry out a raid in the particular area.

The meeting agreed that the head­men (Turaga Ni Koro) form a com­mittee to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, the crime statistics re­corded for the Suva district last year were:

January: 27 cases registered (27 detected) – aggravated robbery – 1; theft – 2; assault causing actual bod­ily harm (ACABH) – 8; assaulting police officer – 1 and others – 15.

February: 23 cases registered (23 detected) – robbery – 1; drugs – 5; theft – 4; ACABH – 5; and others – 8.

March: 30 cases registered (30 de­tected) – burglary – 2; drugs – 1; thefts – 5; ACABH – 10 and others – 12.

April: 30 cases registered (30 detect­ed) – robbery – 1; aggravated rob­bery – 3; sex – 3; burglary 1; drugs – 1, theft – 4 ACAH – 10; and others – 7.

May: 31 cases registered (29 cases detected) – robbery -1, domestic violence – 5; burglary – 4; drugs – 1; theft – 6; ACABH – 8 and others – 4.

June: 32 cases registered (29 cases detected) – aggravated robbery 3; sex – 2; burglary – 1; drugs – 4; theft -4; ACABH – 12 and others – 6.

July: 28 cases registered (23 cases detected) – aggravated robbery – 1; aggravated /burglary – 1; burglary – 1; theft – 9; ACABH – 8; test of mo­tor vehicle (TOMV) – 1 and others – 2.

August: 45 cases registered (40 cas­es detected) – robbery – 1; aggravat­ed burglary – 2; burglary – 5; sex – 3; drug – 3; theft – 13 and ACABH – 12.

September: 33 cases registered (25 cases detected) – aggravated rob­bery – 1; robbery – 1; burglary – 3; drug – 2; theft – 10; ACABH – 9, TOMV – 1 and others – 6.

October: 28 cases registered (26 cas­es detected) – ACABH – 9; burglary – 2; theft – 6, drugs – 2 and others – 9.

November: 32 cases registered (26 detected) – ACABH – 10; burglary – 5; theft – 4; drugs – 4; aggravated robbery – 1; aggravated burglary – 1; others – 7.

December: 25 cases registered (21 detected) – ACABH – 7; aggravated robbery – 2; theft – 4; sex offence – 3; burglary – 2 and others – 7.

A great concern raised at the meet­ing was the absence of the repre­sentatives from Lami village.

Lami village according to Ratu Mudunavosa had not been present­ing the report for the last 15 years.

It was agreed that they paid a courtesy call to Lami village next Wednesday to sort out their posi­tion in the Suva district.

Lami is the eighth village in the Suva district. This meeting was part of their preparation to the Rewa Provincial Council in March or May.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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