Fiji Police claim more reports of threats against minority groups; calls in RFMF to assist

Fiji Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has been suspended by the President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. Picture: TALEBULA KATE/FT FILE

The Fiji Police Force claims it has received more information and reports of threats made against minority groups.

And it has called in the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces to assist with the “maintenance of security and stability”.

In a statement issued a few minutes ago on its social media Facebook page, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said he had a meeting today with PM Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu, and RFMF Commander Major General Jone Kalouniwai “where we came to an agreement for RFMF personnel to assist Police with the maintenance of law and order, amidst growing concerns of racial tension”.

“It’s a consensus decision based on official reports received, intelligence and information gathered and the evaluation of the current security landscape where minority groups continue to be targeted and information of planned civil unrest received,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“I also reiterate my earlier call for social media users to be mindful and aware of the implications their posts are having on the overall security landscape.

“The continuous attack on minority groups has aggravated the current tense situation.

“While the Army and Navy personnel have been called in to assist, Police will continue to lead the overall security operations led by the Chief Operations Officer (COO) Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Abdul Khan who will be collaborating with the RFMF to ensure the safety and security of all Fijians as we see through the current political process.”

Questions have been sent to the Fiji Police Force on the number and nature of the reports received, and areas of concern.

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