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Qiliho acknowledges taxi driver’s efforts in arresting suspect

The actions of taxi driver who assisted Police officers to detect a crime in the early hours of Friday morning has been applauded by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Brigadier-General Qiliho said on Friday morning at about 5:30am the 28-year-old man was driving along the streets of Suva when he noticed three […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 30, 2016 2:46 pm

The actions of taxi driver who assisted Police officers to detect a crime in the early hours of Friday morning has been applauded by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho. (Fiji Police Force)
Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho. (Fiji Police Force)

Brigadier-General Qiliho said on Friday morning at about 5:30am the 28-year-old man was driving along the streets of Suva when he noticed three men acting in a suspicious manner at the junction of Goodenough Street.

QILIHO: “Keeping a close watch on what the three men were doing, he noticed their attention shift focus to a 23-year-old student. He then saw the three allegedly attack the 23-year-old student.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said noticing what was happening he turned on his headlights and using the car horns he tried to alert others to what was happening. The three men fled the scene however he managed to follow one of the suspects along Victoria Parade.

QILIHO: “Using his networks he communicated what was happening with other drivers to alert Police while at the same time closely following the 29-year-old suspect along Victoria Parade from a distance. He eventually found two officers on patrol and took them in the direction of where the suspect was seen where he was eventually arrested.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the 29-year-old accused has since been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the actions of the taxi driver was commendable adding it was encouraging to receive reports of people willing to assist in the fight against crime.

QILIHO: “I have always talked about community partnership and this is an excellent example of what can be achieved by working together.”

“Knowing that we have networks such as those that exist with taxi drivers is great, as we can work together by way of information sharing and let criminal elements know that we have more eyes on the ground by making use of such partnerships.”

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