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Qiliho: No crime increase in Ra

The Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho responded to National Federation Party (NFP) leader Dr. Biman Prasad’s statements on the alleged crime increase in the province of Ra. NFP Leader, Dr. Biman Prasad had said the province of Ra seemed to be the worst hit, with many families are victims to robberies every night. Cattle and […]

Peni Shute

March 12, 2016 3:35 pm

The Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho responded to National Federation Party (NFP) leader Dr. Biman Prasad’s statements on the alleged crime increase in the province of Ra.

NFP Leader, Dr. Biman Prasad had said the province of Ra seemed to be the worst hit, with many families are victims to robberies every night.

Cattle and livestock are being stolen which are valuable possessions of farmers. Damaged homes and destroyed properties are being burgled with criminal elements ignoring pleas from the victims and no one coming to their assistance even after they cry for help.

Dr. Prasad also questioned what the police are doing and that the new Commissioner must confront the issue immediately.

He must deploy more manpower and resources to these areas or be honest enough to say that the police force lacks resources especially vehicles to carry out regular patrols. It is the job of police to prevent lawlessness at all times, more so during a natural disaster when we have thousands of weak and vulnerable people as a result of the devastation caused by the cyclone. The last thing we need is people taking the law into their own hands to protect their livestock and property because of the inability of police to effectively control crime.

Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho told local media he would not be drawn into answering any political statements.

I have said it before the Fiji Police Force will not be used as a political football.

In regards to crime statistics here in Ra it has not changed from Pre-cyclone Winston statistics. We have maintain it right through and we see that our policemen and women in Ra are also affected  and I’m happy to say  despite all that they have continued to do there work and manage the law and order situation here in Ra.

I will not be drawn into to responding to a statement that is being made by political parties, but I will tell you the stats tells us something different and I commend my men and women here in the Ra province for continuing to doing their work despite the same suffering that the public went through.

The Police Commissioner was  in Rakiraki yesterday while on a brief stop over to inspect damaged police quarters.

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