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More Attacks on Police Officers

The Fiji Police Force has re­iterated that any attack on their officers would not be taken lightly. The warning comes from Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Com­missioner of Police (ACP) Mare­tino
25 Jan 2019 11:00
More Attacks on Police Officers
Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu (front/middle) with other officers on foot patrol during New Year’s eve on December 31, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

The Fiji Police Force has re­iterated that any attack on their officers would not be taken lightly.

The warning comes from Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Com­missioner of Police (ACP) Mare­tino Qiolevu, in response to an at­tack on two officers in the Western Division during a drug operation.

ACP Qiolevu said the two officers could have been seriously injured.

“These attacks are not going to be taken lightly because we are just doing our job and if you are going to be involved in illegal activities then you must stand ready to face the consequences,” he said.

“We have gathered information of those involved and sooner or later we will get to these so-called drug lords and peddlers.”

A joint operation consisting of officers from the Namaka, Nadi and Border Police were following information they received that drugs were being transported from Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi.

When Police arrived at the scene the two officers approached a parked taxi, which they believed was transporting suspects who were allegedly trading illicit drugs.

Two men allegedly jumped out of the vehicle holding two large par­cels and boarded a fibreglass boat, which was moored nearby.

The two officers pursued the sus­pects and while wading through waist-deep water, one of the sus­pects allegedly threw a wooden oar, which struck the first officer while the second suspect allegedly reversed the boat intentionally towards the other officer, causing him dive for cover.

The two suspects fled the scene, however the driver of the taxi was arrested and is currently being questioned.

Police have identified the two sus­pects and a team of officers have been deployed to arrest them.

ACP Qiolevu also commended the public for providing informa­tion that have led to a number of arrests on drug-related cases since the beginning of the year.

Source: Police Media Cell

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