Coupfourpointfive has confirmed that the Land Force Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces Brigadier, Pita Driti, has been sent on leave from Friday evening and could possibly face charges of treason over failed attempts to overthrow the treasonous Bainimarama regime.
Our sources say Driti's leave effectively means suspension from the military. Sources have established Driti has not been allowed to enter his office but is staying in his quarters, which is within the Queen Elizabeth Barracks compound.
According to sources, some other senior officers who are believed to have been members of the Military Council, have also been suspended. Their identities have not been established.
But we have been reliably informed that the suspensions - and orders to go on leave - arise out of a text message that was found on the mobile phone of former 3FIR Commander, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara or Roko Ului.
Roko Ului (right) was sent on leave last month. It was announced at the time that he was taking about 6 months of outstanding leave. But his leave was effectively suspension.
Sources say a text message from Driti to Roko Ului was found on the mobile after Roko Ului returned it to QEB. The text message prompted initial investigations by dictator Frank Bainimarama's loyalist officers and it apparently confirmed a plot being hatched by Driti and Roko Ului, along with a few other military council members, to overthrow Bainimarama and his side kick, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
Our sources say an attempt was even made by some officers to take control of the QEB Armoury on Friday evening as tension rose to almost boiling point over the suspensions. But sources could not confirm if the officers who attempted to take control of the Armoury were Driti's men.
But Coupfourpointfive has been told a major investigation will soon be launched to try to pin attempted treason charges on both Driti and Roko Ului.
Driti's forced leave comes as Bainimarama and Sayed Khaiyum attempt to consolidate their dictatorial power on the face of social and economic decay of the coup ravaged country.
We will try and establish further developments through our sources in the next few days.