I Am Lucky To Be Alive: Guard
Victim of Fiji FA robbery looking forward to see his first child born
When four masked men overpowered security guard Eberaim Nakaitu, all he thought about was his pregnant wife. He said if he survived he would see his first child born. “I am lucky to be alive and I am grateful. My wife and baby were always on my mind,” he said. The attackers entered the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Vatuwaqa early yesterday morning looking for the Courts IDC gatetakings. They bound Mr Nakaitu, who was guarding the premises, put a bag over his head and ransacked the building. Wife Teresa Teatanga said: “I’m just glad he is ok.” Mr Nakaitu and Ms Teatanga were married in August but they had been living together before that. He had just been in the job for barely a month after joining Smart Security in Suva. “At about 3am, while I was writing my report, I didn’t know they had come from the back,” he said. “They were all wearing masks and carrying iron, pinch bars. They came from the back so I couldn’t do much because there were a
lot of them. I couldn’t run away so I just listened, I sat down and waited until they talked to me. This is the first time such an experience has happened to me,” he said. Mr Nakaitu said: “All they asked for was the money from last night’s game. ‘Where’s the money from the soccer last night’, I just told them I had no idea about any money. “They took me to the back of the building, at the corner there were a lot of them. They were saying when they were talking about money and things in the office.”
Meanwhile, Fiji Football’s outgoing chief executive officer, Bob Kumar, said they would have to make assessments to know the exact amount that is missing. “I was shocked to see the damage done, the cabinets broken and we could not assess what was missing, but we realise things were missing, the doors were damaged,” Mr Kumar said. “I can’t say how much was missing but there were cash, about twothree thousand dollars with camera equipment and appliances. I will have to assess that.”
Fiji Police Force spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that four men tied up the security guard and ransacked the office yesterday.
TOP: Security guard Eberaim Nakaitu, with wife Teresa Teatanga. Photo:
RIGHT: One of the offices that was ransacked by the robbers early yesterday morning.