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Heroic Taxi Driver Foils Crime

“When we reached the destination, I locked the doors and told them that if they were both going to get out of the vehicle and enter the motel, I would get a Police officer to get them because it was illegal for minors to be sleeping with each other.”
10 Mar 2021 08:56
Heroic Taxi Driver Foils Crime
Tiko Kece taxi driver and former teacher, Anaseini Asesela in Suva on March 9, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu yesterday praised the heroic acts of a female taxi driver, Anaseini Asesela.

Ms Asesela used her motherly instincts to foil what could have been a crime involving a male and female student.

She is a former teacher and now a taxi driver for Tiko Kece Taxis.

She was on her shift on a Friday night two weeks ago when the two youngsters hailed her cab near the Suva Bus Stand.

The youths directed her to their destination at a notorious motel near the central business district (CBD).

The mother of five children said she knew almost immediately that the pair were minors.

“I asked them where they wanted to go and they told me,” Ms Asesela, who had been teaching for 18 years, said.

“I was really furious because I know that wasn’t a place where minors are supposed to be going.

“When we reached the destination, I locked the doors and told them that if they were both going to get out of the vehicle and enter the motel, I would get a Police officer to get them because it was illegal for minors to be sleeping with each other.”

Heeding the warning, she said the young man told the girl to take the taxi home while he got off at the motel.

“It was my motherly instincts that got to me that night when I transported the two,” she said.

“I took the girl straight to her home in Samabula. This is where she told me that she was still a student.

“I thought of my daughters who are still in primary school.

“It could’ve been them. I knew that as a mother and as a former teacher, I had to step in and save the young girl’s future.”

Police commends her

“We are truly grateful and commend her for her intervention in protecting the safety and welfare of the young girl from a situation that could have impacted, not only her safety, but her future,” Mr Tudravu said.

“Her intervention should be used as a learning experience and reiterate the importance of communication in knowing where your children are at all times.

“Students in their adolescence need constant guidance during their lives so they are able to make the right decisions on their own.

“Peer pressure is a fact of life that we have to accept and prepare them accordingly for.”

He issued a stern warning to students, especially with the sporting events this term.

“Refrain from following the wrong crowd,” he said.

“If you are planning on doing something other than what you have been permitted to do so by your parents and guardians, stop and think about the consequences.”

Treat them like family

Tiko Kece Taxi director Lomaca Baleilevuka said he had always urged his drivers to treat passengers like they were members of their family.

“I advise them to help passengers and ensure that their safety is always a priority,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: ranobab@fijisun.com.fj



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