As more information and reports are received by the Fiji Police Force and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) of threats made against minority groups who are now living in fear following recent political developments, a decision has been reached to call in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to assist Police with the maintenance of security and stability that we have enjoyed.

A meeting was held today between the Honourable Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Hon. Inia Seruiratu, RFMF Commander and Director General National Security Major General Jone Kalouniwai and myself, where we came to an agreement for RFMF personnel to assist Police with the maintenance of law and order, amidst growing concerns of racial tension.

It’s a consensus decision based on official reports received, intelligence and information gathered and the evaluation of the current security landscape where minority groups continue to be targeted and information of planned civil unrest received.

I also reiterate my earlier call for social media users to be mindful and aware of the implications their posts are having on the overall security landscape.

The continuous attacks on minority groups has aggravated the current tense situation.

While the Army and Navy personnel have been called in to assist, Police will continue to lead the overall security operations led by the Chief Operations Officer (COO) Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Abdul Khan who will be collaborating with the RFMF to ensure the safety and security of all Fijians as we see through the current political process.

Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho