Qil­iho In­spir­ing War Against Crime

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Jy­oti Prat­i­bha Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho car­ries a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity on his shoul­ders. The Po­lice Com­mis­sioner feels the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion from the pub­lic to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. While he was away at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence in South Korea, crim­i­nals moved into top gear tar­get­ing res­i­den­tial properties and ve­hi­cles.

It was just a co­in­ci­dence but the spate of rob­beries caused anx­i­ety and con­cerns from many in­clud­ing the Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama. So it was a big re­lief when Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho touched down at Nadi In­tern­na­tional Air­port on his re­turn from South Korea. He im­me­di­ately re­as­sured the pub­lic that the crim­i­nals would be caught and Po­lice and pub­lic would work to­gether to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. He took charge and rolled into ac­tion. From Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, on Wed­nes­day, he zoomed down to Lau­toka Po­lice Sta­tion to check on the progress of Kash­mir, Lau­toka’s car­jack­ing case. On Thurs­day night, soon af­ter the at­tempted car­jack­ing at Na­madi Heights, Ta­mavua, he was at Sam­ab­ula Po­lice Sta­tion. He met with the trau­ma­tised taxi driver. He also met with his of­fi­cers and got a brief­ing on the progress of the case. His hands-on ap­proach to polic­ing is a wel­comed change and sets an ex­am­ple to his of­fi­cers. His com­mon touch not only in­spires his of­fi­cers but also cheers up vic­tims of crime. They also know he means busi­ness and is se­ri­ous about main­tain­ing law and or­der. And, when he says they will catch those crim­i­nals, you bet­ter be­lieve it. And the peo­ple have re­sponded to his call for as­sis­tance to help Po­lice. At Tikaram Place, Na­madi Heights, a coura­geous wo­man, now joins his growing le­gion of crime-fight­ing con­verts. She rolled out her video cam­era and start­ing cap­tur­ing the un­be­liev­able events un­fold­ing be­fore her – three men try­ing to rob a taxi driver. She up­loaded the footage on so­cial me­dia and it went vi­ral. The me­dia picked it up and yes­ter­day it made the na­tional head­lines. Per­haps, Jay Tuitubou, summed up the pub­lic mood in this ral­ly­ing call on so­cial me­dia: “Ask your­self what you can do for your coun­try !!!!! Help pre­vent crime! Let’s make Fiji much safer!” That’s mu­sic to the ears of Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho.

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