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Mother Wants Answers As Fiji Police Probe Son’s Death

Iqbal Hussein, a member of the Crime Committee and an employee at Johns Dairy Shop located at Danny’s Complex claimed he called a Police mobile number 27 times, but there was no answer.
12 Jun 2019 11:58
Mother Wants Answers As Fiji Police Probe Son’s Death
Asena Diliva, the mother of the late Sikeli Alfred who was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men on June 1, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Police in Nadi are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old man at Korovuto after claims that he was bashed by a group of men.

Asena Diliva of Nawejikuma Settlement is demanding answers from the Fiji Police Force after the death of her son, Sikeli Alfred, two Saturdays ago (June 1).

Ms Diliva claims she only came to find out about her son’s death after she filed a missing person’s report on the afternoon of June 3 at the Nadi Police Station.

“On June 1, Sikeli said he was going to town and I thought he was going to watch the rugby match between Nadi and Namosi,” she said.

“That was the last time we saw him.

“On Saturday night he didn’t turn up, on Sunday he didn’t turn up too.

“I am a mother and whatever happens to my child I can feel it and I called all his cousins to come online because he is always on Facebook.

“Whenever he drinks anywhere with his friends, he always calls to let me know, but that afternoon he didn’t call me and I was worried.”

She claims she knows the people behind her son’s death and she claims Sikeli was forced to join a drinking session at a bus shelter opposite Danny’s Complex at Korovuto, about six kilometres from Nadi Town.

Iqbal Hussein points to the spot where Sikeli was last seen before he died. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Iqbal Hussein points to the spot where Sikeli was last seen before he died. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Ms Diliva says what hurt the most was that until now she has not heard from Police about the incident and ensuing investigations.

“I want another Police officer to handle my son’s case. I don’t like the police officers here in Nadi,” she said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the investigation into the case was being handled by the Divisional Crime Officer.

“Based on the information gathered and the post-mortem examination results investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” she said.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Hussein, a member of the Crime Committee and an employee at Johns Dairy Shop located at Danny’s Complex claimed he called a Police mobile number 27 times, but there was no answer.

“There was a huge group of boys with two girls. Sikeli kept coming into the shop. I knew he was drunk, but I didn’t say much because I understood,” he said.

“But later on, I called the Police 27 times because they were yelling and we could hear them fighting, but there was no answer.

“That day we closed the shop a bit early because we were scared and by the time we left, we could still see them fighting.”

He said the next day when they returned to work he learned about Sikeli’s death.

Sikeli was buried last Saturday as investigations continue.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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