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Police warns public to refrain from attacking service providers

Members of the public are warned to refrain from abusing or attacking essential service providers during the State of Natural Disaster Emergency period. This happens after the Fiji Electricity Authority lodged an official complaint at the Nausori Police Station about one of their vehicles being stoned whilst their electricians were on duty in Nadaro along […]

Staff Writers

March 7, 2016 1:41 pm

Members of the public are warned to refrain from abusing or attacking essential service providers during the State of Natural Disaster Emergency period.

This happens after the Fiji Electricity Authority lodged an official complaint at the Nausori Police Station about one of their vehicles being stoned whilst their electricians were on duty in Nadaro along the Kings Highway.

A press statement issued by the Fiji Police Force, states that this could be the act of disgruntled members of the people for the reason of delay in electricity restoration into their community or nearby villages.

Police Chief Operations Officer, ACP Rusiate Tudravu said the force had received other reports of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) officials allegedly being abused by members of the public.

In another incident, we have begun to receive reports of NDMO officials allegedly being abused by some members of the public upon their ration distribution. Initial investigations reveal that there are some people who are not satisfied with the current mode of service by Government Official.

We request your patience in this period of time as Government Officials together with relevant stakeholders work collectively in the relief distribution at the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. We urge you all to be patient and support Government in its efforts to try and rehabilitate affected Fijians from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

ACP Tudravu said the Fiji Police Force will not condone such incidents of stoning, assault or attack onto these officials and necessary investigations will be carried out when reports are received.

14 days remain for the State of Natural Disaster Emergency period to come to an end.

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