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Editorial: ComPol’s Message To Officers Is Clear. We Also Need To Do Our Part

By suspending 12 Police officers without pay pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qihilo has sent out a strong message – laxity on
30 Nov 2018 12:20
Editorial: ComPol’s Message To Officers Is Clear. We Also Need To Do Our Part
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

By suspending 12 Police officers without pay pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qihilo has sent out a strong message – laxity on the part of officers will not be swept under the carpet.

These 12 officers have been suspended after 5 remand prisoners escaped under their watch. Four are still at large while one has been apprehended.

On Wednesday, the Internal Affairs Unit was directed to expedite a preliminary investigation. The investigation was to look into the conduct and operations of the 25 Police officers who were tasked with all aspects of the escorting duties of the five escapees.

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho had labelled the incident as unacceptable and said that there will be disciplinary action against the officers who had failed to conduct their duties.

But, there is a bigger cause for worry. These four men who are still at large are not new to the officers. They are what many would say ‘hardened criminals’.

While the Fiji Police Force is doing its part, we need to do ours and give out any information people may have regarding the whereabouts of the four.

Two people have already been taken in for harbouring one of the five- Suliano Rokosuka

Still at large is Niko Talemaitoga.

The five are facing charges for their alleged involvement in separate aggravated robberies and are considered to be high risk. There is no doubt that they will be apprehended and by they have not helped themselves by escaping.

Their relatives and friends would not do themselves any favours by harbouring them and turning them in would be the right thing to do.

As Fijians, we need to be more vigilant and keep an eye out for new faces in your communities. Doing your part will benefit you in the long run.
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