I Am Lucky To Be Alive: Guard

Vic­tim of Fiji FA rob­bery look­ing for­ward to see his first child born

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - STELLA MORESIO

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.

Ron­ald Kumar

TOP: Se­cu­rity guard Eberaim Nakaitu, with wife Teresa Teatanga. Photo:

Photo: Fiji FA Me­dia

RIGHT: One of the of­fices that was ran­sacked by the rob­bers early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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