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Work on new Lautoka Police Station begins

CONSTRUCTION work on a brand new $29.8million Lautoka Police Station officially began today. The ground breaking ceremony was officiated by Defence Minister India Seruiratu who explained the need for a state of the art facility...

Alleged police brutality

A MOTHER is seeking answers from the Fiji Police Force after her son was allegedly bashed up by police, resulting in a seizure while in custody at the Labasa Police Station over the weekend. Fulori Milika claimed her 29-year-old son, Pelasio Tamanikoula, a yaqona farmer, was taken in by police early Saturday morning and was...

Naisoro: Suspect tried to kill himself

THE man who is alleged to have murdered a woman at Service St in Suva had also attempted to take his own life, says police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro. Ms Naisoro said the suspect was the victim’s husband. She said police were still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. “We cannot...

Drop in yaqona theft; Drug cultivation

REPORTS of yaqona theft and cultivation of marijuana in the North has quietened down, says divisional police commander North Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa. So far the number of reports he said had dropped. “It’s a quiet period right now and we are thankful to the members of the public who have worked...

Fiji police join IACP

THE Fiji Police Force has joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) — the world’s largest professional association for police leaders. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho met IACP chief Paul Cell in Nadi on Monday where the announcement was made. “The reputation of the Fiji police precedes itself as one of the...

SCGC: Mills stoppage a concern

THE Sugar Cane Growers Council (SCGC) says it has been inundated with calls from farmers about the continuing stoppages at the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Rarawai Mill in Ba and issues at the Lautoka mill. SCGC chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said the concerns raised by growers has been overwhelming. “The council is concerned that the...

Karan questions FSC on breakdowns

Permanent secretary for Ministry of Sugar Yogesh Karan has called on the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) to explain why its two Viti Levu mills continued to have mechanical issues six weeks into the 2019 season. “I received quite a number of calls from growers about the ongoing problems at the Lautoka and Rarawai mills,” he...

Music icon no more

FIJI has lost her most successful singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer with the passing away of music icon Daniel Rae Costello (Danny). The 58-year-old former Lautoka resident passed away in Australia on Monday. He was by far the most outstanding musician that Fiji had ever produced in terms of originality, consistency and he was a...

Inform people contraband are illegal, says Qiliho

THE public needs to be informed that contraband are illegal and they will be charged if they are found delivering them to remand prisoners. This is the message from Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho to people involved in the smuggling of contraband to remand prisoners kept in cell blocks at Government Buildings in...

‘Serve, protect and preserve life’

THE Fiji Police Force’s uniform is a beacon of hope for those in need, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho told 206 new recruits yesterday. Speaking during the opening of the basic recruit course at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, Suva yesterday, Brig-Gen Qiliho reminded the new recruits that they were police officers irrespective...

Alert over liquid meth

METHAMPHETAMINE is also being moved in its liquid form. The revelation was made by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho as police intensified its fight against the illicit drug trade in the country. The police chief said previously police had only dealt with crystallised meth. “We are aware that now, meth is being moved in...

Qiliho: More partnerships needed between policing organisations

MORE partnerships between policing organisations in the international front are needed to effectively address the illegal trade, which is a global problem. These were the words of Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during a meeting with International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) president Chief Paul Cell in Nadi yesterday. One of the areas...

Police: Meth is being moved in its liquid form in Fiji

METHAMPHETAMINE is also being moved in its liquid form in Fiji, revealed Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Brig-Gen Qiliho said the two main hard drugs that Fiji police were seizing were methamphetamine and cocaine “and in some cases the cocktail of both”. Read the full report on Page 7 of today’s edition of The Fiji...

CCF urges authorities to work swiftly with human rights body

THE Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) is urging the Fiji Corrections Service and the Fiji Police Force to work swiftly with the Fiji Human Rights and Anti- Discrimination Commission in combating human rights violations of torture or cruel and degrading treatment. CCF’s made this call after the alleged assault of a 20-year-old remand prisoner at the...

Police investigate woman’s death at her Suva home

THE man who is alleged to have murdered a woman at Service St in Suva had also attempted to take his own life, says Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro. Ms Naisoro said the suspect was the victim’s husband. She said police were still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. Read the...

Police deaths spark concerns

THE deaths of 17 police officers from January this year has sparked concern, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Speaking in Nadi on Monday, he said prioritising healthy lifestyle practices in the police force was something he was passionate about. Brig-Gen Qiliho met with International Association of Chiefs of Police president (IACP) Chief Paul Cell...

High Court allows time to finalise agreed facts in rape case

THE High Court in Suva has given both the defence and the State time to finalise agreed facts and pre-trial conference checklist in a case involving a grandfather accused of rape and sexual related offences. The accused is charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of attempted rape...

23rd July

LTA: Bus drivers have right of way to re-enter carriageway

BUS drivers must be aware of the traffic regulation relating to when they pull away from bus stops, says the Land Transport Authority(LTA). In a statement released today, the authority stated that Traffic Regulations 13 (1) and 87 of the Land Transport (Traffic) Regulation 2000, stated the driver of a motor vehicle must give way...

Fiji’s inclusion in IACP will also benefit the region

COMMISISONER of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji’s inclusion as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will also focus on enhancing Pacific law enforcement’s capabilities for the benefit of the region. Speaking to the president of the IACP, Chief Paul Cell, during their meeting today, he said this was in...

Warning of an instant $10k fine for illegal harvest of grouper fish

FIJI’S Ministry of Fisheries has warned that an instant fine of $10,000 will apply to those caught selling or harvesting the banned grouper fish species – kawakawa and donu. The warning follows reports that people continued to illegally harvest and sell the banned grouper fish. At present, the ministry has placed a ban on the...

IACP team visits Fiji as part of world tour

A CONTINGENCY from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) led by its president Chief Paul Cell is touring Fiji at present. Speaking during a meeting with the Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho in Nadi yesterday, Chief Cell said the reputation of the Fiji Police preceded itself as one of the predominant leading law...

Vuniwaqa meets India’s new High Commissioner to Fiji

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa today met the newly-appointed High Commissioner of India to Fiji, Padmaja. Mrs Vuniwaqa while thanking the Indian government for its assistance and support, also said the ministry had had a long ongoing friendship with India, especially in the facilitation of training for rural Fijian women as...

Indian scientists visit Fiji

A TEAM of Indian scientists is in the country meeting Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau. Fisheries officer Meli Raicebe said the visit from the Indian academics was a follow up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier visit to Fiji. “The group of scientists are from the National Centre for Coastal Research for the Ministry...

Police: Woman allegedly murdered by spouse at their Suva home

POLICE have just removed the body of a woman who is alleged to have been murdered at her Service Street home in Suva this afternoon. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro while confirming the incident said the suspect is believed to have been the husband of the victim. She said the suspect was admitted at the CWM...

206 new Police recruits attend basic recruit course

A TOTAL of 206 new recruits for the Fiji Police Force have been reminded of their duty to serve by Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. He highlighted this while officiating at the opening of the Basic Recruit course batch 02/19 at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova today. He said from the moment they had...

Fiji loses successful singer songwriter

FIJI has lost her most successful singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer with the passing of Daniel Rae Costello. The 58-year-old Lautoka resident passed away in Australia yesterday. He is by far the most outstanding musician that Fiji has ever produced in terms of originality, consistency and he was a stickler for musical perfection at every...

Four homeless after fire destroys home

FOUR people are now homeless at Ratu Kadavulevu School in Tailevu after their home was destroyed in a fire yesterday. According to a statement from the National Fire Authority, the house was a teachers quarters. “Korovou Fire Station was alerted through a call at 4.06am about the fi re and the crew immediately responded,” the...

25,000 new burial plots

THE Nasinu Cemetery in Davuilevu has been extended to accommodate 25,000 new burial plots, confirms Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean. With the increasing number of deaths in Fiji, he said there was an urgent need to extend the two major cemeteries in Nasinu and Suva. “In many cases we have diverted several requests...

Fiji Corrections probe alleged assault of remand prisoner

THE Fiji Corrections Service is investigating the alleged assault of a remand prisoner at the Suva Remand Centre two weeks ago. The issue came to light after the victim’s father Atunaisa Moceica raised concerns on his son’s status after he noticed visible injuries to his body. FCS Commissioner Commander Francis Kean said it would be interesting...

Fences for correctional facilities built with poisonous content

THE Fiji Corrections Service has built poisonous content barbed wires on certain fences of correction facilities to prevent prisoners from escaping. This has been highlighted by FCS Commissioner Commander Fancis Kean during a tour of corrections facilities yesterday. He said they were also working on putting up strong measures to prevent prisoners from sneaking in...

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