|CID headquarters in Toorak: Police have confirmed break-in was an inside job. pic Matavuvale|
|Naivalurua facing more than a split in the ranks|
Insiders say the officers who linked the police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, and his top two deputies to a drug ring have been set up to take the blame for the break-in at the Criminal Investigations Department in Toorak two weeks ago.
The breach in security came just days after Coupfourpointfive published a letter from an anonymous police officer to the illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama, saying there had been a drug consignment of cocaine and narcotics in January under the name of Naivalurua which was cleared by border police without checks. (Letter implicates police commissioner in international drug racket, C4.5 May 6)
In that letter titled Re: Disclosure of Extracts for Abuse of Power and Office by Commissioner of Police, the unnamed officer said the shipment was delivered to the drug lord, Setoki Cei Turaga, in Toorak.
He said subsequent surveillance by the drug intelligence unit had shown mobile phone conversations between Turaga, Naivalurua and his deputies, Henry Brown and Isikeli Ligairi.
The officer went on to say the unit had been victimised as a result by Naivalurua and officers had been either demoted or dismissed.
Coupfourpointfive revealed just days after that story the CID HQ in Toorak had been broken into and that it was an inside job.
Sources told us cocaine was taken and that theft from the well-secured headquarters is estimated at FJD7 million dollars over a one-year period and included cocaine, heroin, pill drugs, marijuana and hard cash recovered from Chinese raids, and jewellery etc.
Fiji police have confirmed the break-in came from inside saying an 'exhibit' (believed to be cocaine) kept in the drug unit was stolen. Both Raisate Tudrau and Ana Naisoro have said an investigation is underway with Naisoro saying 'the latest finding' had led to Naivalurua demanding the immediate recovery of the missing item and 'arrest of those involved'.
But there have been no leads or arrests and the accusations against Naivalurua go unanswered, as does Bainimarama's silence.
Coupfourpointfive has now been told again by reliable sources the Toorak break-in will be pinned on the two officers who blew the whistle on the drug ring and kickbacks.
Our sources say a plan has been hatched to pin the crime on the officer who first fingered Isikeli Ligairi for associating with Turaga - Rajeshni Mala - and the officer who penned the letter exposing the racketeering to Bainimarama and urging him to clean up the force.
They say Mala, who has already been demoted by Naivalurua, is an easy target. She investigated the murder of a Chinese national a few months back and came across evidence of mobile phone conversations 'between the Chinese and senior officers' including Naivalurua, Henry Brown and Luke Navela.
They say on submitting a report to the director of CID, Naivalurua ordered she be taken off the case immediately.
They also say the cocaine taken in the burglary was in a vault she had access to and that the Officer in Charge of the drugs when the security breach occurred, was ASP 1837 Sakeo Ganivatu.
It had been earlier claimed to Coupfourpointfive the lapse in security occurred after the Officer in Charge was changed.
An insider says the break-in is undeniably linked to the drug ring.
"After the officers wrote to Bainimarama they are now being systematically removed. They will be issued a termination letter soon, as they have been interviewed. It's claimed it is all a set up by the Commissioner."
The insider says officers want the corruption exposed but: "How can anyone be arrested if the Commissioner and senior officers are involved? There can't be any arrests made by the police. This investigation needs to be headed by someone from the prime minister's office but not Pio Tikoduadua."
Tikoduadua is accused of tipping off Naivalurua about the anonymous letter that was sent to Bainimarama - and Naivalurua leaving unexpectedly for Hong Kong.
Naivalurua has not replied to the allegations since his return but has been quoted as saying he continues to be committed to weeding out corruption.
A former deputy commissioner from the Fiji Prisons Service, Orisi Katonibau, has however been the first to speak on the record about the allegations dogging Naivalurua, describing him to Coupfourpointfive as opportunistic and corrupt. (Former Fiji Service deputy commissioner speaks out C4.5 May 12)