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Top cop on leave

Timoci Vula
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BRIGADIER General Ioane Naivalurua's term as Commissioner of Police has come to an end.

This was confirmed in a Ministry of Information statement that was released last night.

"The term of the current Commissioner of Police has expired and the matter will be dealt with under the Constitution upon the return of the Prime Minister," the one-line statement said.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is in New York attending the UN General Assembly.

Under section 129 of the 2013 Constitution, the Commissioner of Police is appointed by the President, on the advice of the Constitutional Offices Commission following consultation with the minister responsible for the Fiji Police Force.

Attempts to contact Brigadier General Naivalurua last night on his official mobile phone proved futile.

When contacted last night, Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said Brigadier General Naivalurua was on leave.

She would not comment any further and referred all queries to the Ministry of Information.

Brigadier General Naivalurua was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Police in September, 2010.

Prior to this, he was the Commissioner of Prisons following his appointment in December 2006.

During his term as Commissioner of Prisons, Brigadier General Naivalurua launched the Yellow Ribbon project that provides prisoners a second chance through rehabilitation.