Informers say the people of Lau have declared war on the military regime with elders giving the Lakeba police 48 hours to vacate the area.
Sources say the ultimatum was issued in a letter signed by the Bose Vaka Vanua yesterday, and represents all of the village chiefs in Lakeba.
Insiders say the letter follows a directive by the Police Commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, to the 17 officers at Lakeba to take the elders in for questioning after they circulated a letter (written in Fijian), denouncing Frank Bainimarama.
Sources say the police officers were sent packing by the elders who then penned a letter that said: "We want the Fiji Police to take your police station and all building and personnel from our land. We have no place for you here."
There is also talk Lau, which is 100 per cent behind Roko Ului Mara, will order all government buildings and personnel off their land and ask New Zealand for help should Bainimarama try to "oppress them further".
The letter by the Bose Vaka Vanua was faxed to Bainimarama and sources say the illegal prime minister has ordered the Ready Action Unit of 50 men and 30 3FIR soldiers from Tailevu to protect the government and its properties in Lau.
It's believed the Late Ratu Sir Kamesese, the father of Roko Ului Mara, had verbally approved the building of government buildings in Lau so landowners can reclaim the land when they want.
Editor's Note: Insiders also say Bainimarama on Monday made what is known to be a rare foray to Government House to talk with President Epeli Nailatikau, in what is being seen as a move to shore up dwindling support.
Meanwhile, the Tongan government has released a statement saying Fiji should not confuse 'sovereignty' with a 'rescue at sea.'
Read Tongan govt statement