Police: Ratu Epenisa released

Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

RATU Epenisa Cakobau, along with others who were taken into custody yesterday morning, have been released.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed this a while ago after the Bau chief and several others were questioned overnight relating to installation of the new Vunivalu of Bau.

No  charges have been made against Ratu Epenisa and the others.

Ratu Epenisa was taken from his home on Bau Island at around 6am yesterday by Police and armed RFMF soldiers for questioning regarding the installation of the new Vunivalu of Bau.

It is understood that Ratu Epenisa was at the Nabua Police Station last night.

According to Brig-Gen Qiliho, Ratu Epenisa was taken in for questioning including key players after information was received by Police that they were adamant on continuing with the installation ceremony.

This was despite the decision made by the Native Lands Commission to stop the scheduled installation of Ratu Epenisa as the new Vunivalu of Bau over an “unresolved internal conflict” between the members of the chiefly Tui Kaba clan.

Fiji Times Online is attempting to reach Ratu Epenisa and his group at this stage.

*More developments on this story later in the evening.


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