POLICE have sought the assistance of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces as the search continues for the five prisoners who are still on the run.
Police acting chief of operations Senior Superintendent Rusiate Tudravu said the police would play the leading role during the investigations and the involvement of the military was to boost manpower.
SSP Tudravu said they had not made any arrest but were following strong leads and making every effort to capture the escapees.
“Following the spate of aggravated robberies, our team is following strong leads and we would not like to release information because it might affect our findings,” SSP Tudravu said.
He said they were requesting the vanua and faith-based organisations to help police in the search.
“We are also calling on members of the public to come forward if they have any valuable information,” SSP Tudravu said.
He said the police were given a deadline to make an arrest but failed to do so because the information from members of the public was not coming through.
SSP Tudravu said following the directive from the commissioner, they were operating on full force and would only rest once the escapees were arrested.
“Police presence remain the same around the country and we are operating round-the-clock to ensure the safety of the general public and at the same time work on leads,” he added.