RFMF on island on police request

Republic of Fiji Military Forces officers on the island of Bau earlier this morning. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces was requested by the Fiji Police Force to provide armed protection on Bau Island.

Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho clarified this in statement issued today saying the RFMF was there to provide armed protection in the event of any confrontation with traditionally armed warriors who had already arrived on the island.

“Police however maintained the lead role in the operation and the few armed soldiers were present for police protection as we are an unarmed Force,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

He said police deployment to the island also consists of martial arts trained police officers.

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