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Arrests Will Be Made If Instructions Are Not Followed: Police

Parents and guardians to keep a close watch on little ones and keep them out of harm’s way.
17 Dec 2020 16:16
Arrests Will Be Made If Instructions Are Not Followed: Police

Children have been found playing in floodwaters and unsupervised.

Chief of Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan has warned that while they do not want to arrest anyone, they may be forced to if instructions are ignored.

He is also requesting parents and guardians to keep a close watch on little ones and keep them out of harm’s way.

Under the Declaration of State of Natural Disaster: Any person, body or entity who contravenes any order made by an officer of the Fiji Police Force or the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces in performing a role or discharging a responsibility under these Regulations commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

Meanwhile, the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu has advised members of the public that curfew passes will be issued for emergency cases only.

This is in line with the directives by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) this afternoon in terms of the new curfew hours due to Tropical Cyclone Yasa,

The Acting Commissioner said unnecessary movement will be prohibited and passes will be issued for Emergency cases only.

“We will not allow any unnecessary movement after 4.00 pm. It’s a directive issued to everyone and following these instructions is vital. So please adhere to it for your safety and see that everyone stay indoors during this time.”

He adds that those who wish to travel due to emergency cases can obtain passes from NDMO or any of the Divisional Command Centers, Totogo Police Station,  Korovou Police Station,  Levuka Police Station,  Vunidawa Police Station,  Sigatoka Police Station,  Nadi Police Station, Ba Police Station,  Rakiraki Police Station,  Tavua Police Station, Nabouwalu Police Station, Seaqaqa Police Station, Taveuni Police Station, Tukavesi Police Station, Savusavu Police Station,  Navua Police Station, Lami Police Station, Nasinu Police Station, and Valelevu Police Station.

The Acting Commissioner is reminding members of the public that officers will also be manning the checkpoint at various locations to ensure no unnecessary movement.

Members of the Public are requested once again to stay indoors and if need of assistance, do not hesitate to call any of our Divisional Police Command Centers.



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