Pio to the public after alleged firebombing in Suva: ‘Remain calm’

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Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Pio Tikoduadua during a media conference at the Government Building New Wing press centre in Suva on Thursday, Sep 21, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The Government says the public should “not panic” as news of an alleged firebombing incident at Totogo Police Station in the heart of Suva sent shockwaves around the community.

The incident also spurred questions about the safety of citizens in the country as such activities were now occurring brazenly, out in the open and during daylight.

Minister for Home Affairs Pio Tikoduadua also acknowledged that this was an alleged attempt to attack a key security facility and represented a direct threat to Fiji’s security forces and the peace and security of the nation.

“The public should remain calm and confident in our commitment to maintaining peace and security,” he said during a news conference.

He also confirmed that the 33-year-old suspect was admitted at Colonial War Memorial Hospital after suffering burns, where he remains under police guard.

The man is expected to be taken back into custody once he is recovered.

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