August 20, 2016 5:10 pm

Rumour mongers will not hinder national 7s celebrations

The Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has made it clear that rumour mongers will not hinder the national celebrations for the Fiji 7s gold medal win in Rio. Brigadier-General Qiliho issued this stern warning in light of the recent attempts to create unnecessary fear amongst the general public QILIHO: “The Fiji […]

The Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has made it clear that rumour mongers will not hinder the national celebrations for the Fiji 7s gold medal win in Rio.

Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho speaking at the Second Quarter and Medal Parade at the Police Special Response Unit. (Fiji Police Force)
Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho. (Fiji Police Force)

Brigadier-General Qiliho issued this stern warning in light of the recent attempts to create unnecessary fear amongst the general public

QILIHO: “The Fiji Police Force with the assistance of the friendly forces such as the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Corrections Services will be working together to ensure the celebrations for the Fiji 7s team gold medal victory at the Olympic Games in RIO is incident free.”

The Commissioner said ‘Operation Rio Gold’ is now underway and the mission will be to ensure a safe and secure environment for all during the celebration and ensure security coverage at all venues is at a maximum.

He is also calling on people to stop spreading the information about an event disrupting the celebrations based on a prophecy that is currently going viral on social media.

QILIHO: “For those who are spreading the information about an event disrupting the celebrations based on a prophecy that is currently going viral on social media, I urge you to refrain from doing so. With the backing of the RFMF personnel, we will be working together to ensure all necessary security measures are implemented prior to, during and after the celebrations.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho said the event is an anticipated one whereby members of the public would be rallying to support the victory of the Fiji 7s team.

QILIHO: “This is a proud moment for the nation and will be etched in Fiji’s history books so it is incumbent for all Fijians to cooperate with the organizers and security personnel. I have made it clear to my officers that we will ensure no one disrupts the celebration that has brought about a sense of euphoria over the entire nation and no prophecy or person will hinder the celebrations of our victorious 7s team.”

He said the joint operation will not only be focused on the celebration venues but will cover other areas where opportunists will take advantage of the situation.

QILIHO: “I can assure everyone that we have all bases covered.”

In a separate statement, Deputy Director Operations Acting  SP Livai Driu said strict security measures would be implemented to ensure a safe celebration.

DRIU: “We will also be utilizing a drone for maximum coverage and adherence to the no fly zone restriction issued by Airports Fiji Limited must be respected.While everyone’s focus will be on the celebrations, please be mindful of the securing your property as this will also be an opportunity for criminal elements to strike.”

“We have taken this into consideration and officers will also be tasked with conducting mobile patrols. At the end of the day we want everyone to celebrate the victory however people should celebrate responsibly.”

Meanwhile, members of the public are also advised about the following road closures.

Sunday 21st August 2016

  • 1.30pm Nadi Airport through Namaka, into St Andrews road, Raniga Road and into Prince Charles Park
  • 3.00pm Prince Charles Park, Ratu Naevo Road, Nadi Back Road to Nadi Airport
  • 5.00pm Nausori Airport, Kings Highway, Ratu Mara Road, Rewa Street, McGregor Road, Bau road to GPH

Monday 22nd August 2016

  • 7.00am GPH to Victoria Parade
  • 7.30am Flea Market, Rodwell Road, McGregor Road, Flagstaff, Laucala Bay Road into ANZ Stadium

Police officers will also be present to assist with traffic movement and we are requesting members of the public to find alternative routes or travel ahead of time.