Police Station Attack Pose Threat to Peace and Security

“We urge the public to remain calm and confident in our commitment to maintaining peace and security,” Mr Tikoduadua said. 
22 Sep 2023 10:31
Police Station Attack Pose Threat to Peace and Security
Police officers secure the crime scene at Joske St in Suva following an attack at the Tototgo Police Station on September 21, 2023. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The alleged attempt to attack a key security facility represents not only a direct threat to our security forces, but also to the peace and security that we hold dear in our nation, says Pio Tikoduadua.

The Home Affairs Minister was referring to a 33-year-old self-employed male, who allegedly threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid into the charge room at Totogo Police Station.

The suspect is now admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, under heavy police presence.

“We urge the public to remain calm and confident in our commitment to maintaining peace and security,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“The Criminal Investigations Department is leading the investigation into this incident, and we pledge to keep the public informed as further developments arise.”


Divisional Police Commander Central (DPC/C) Farasiko Matawalu said the suspect allegedly threw a bottle containing fuel inside the station and in the process damaged some equipment.

The alleged incident happened around 7am yesterday.

With the help of bystanders, police were able to apprehend the suspect.

He was taken into custody, questioned and later transferred to CWM Hospital for treatment.

Mr Tikoduadua said police have yet to establish the reasons behind the attack.

He said the suspect would be back in custody when released from hospital.

“He suffered some minor burns,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

He also commended the quick response and vigilance of police officers, who managed to apprehend the suspect swiftly and prevented what could have been a much worse situation.


The area surrounding the Totogo Police Station was promptly cordoned off to ensure the safety of the public and to allow for a thorough investigation.

“Such acts of violence and attempts to disrupt the peace have no place in our society,” he said.

Commenting on the actions of Police officers who apprehended the suspect, Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew said trainings were provided to police officers to prepare then in the situation where they were attacked.

“We can have SOP, but in a situation as such this, common sense comes into play, just to stop the person from causing more harm,” Acting Commissioner Juki Fong Chew said.

“Police tried their best to capture the person and we thank members of the public who helped us with capturing the person.

“As for the stomping and the alleged assault that had taken place, we will do our own investigation on the matter.”

Police are continuing its investigations and more information will be released when they are concluded.



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