Six of those asked to step down from duty while an investigation is underway have been named to Coupfourpointfive as:
SSP 1207 URAIA TORAU
SSP 679 ERAMI RAIBE
SP 2394 ABDUL KHAN
ACP 239 Henry Brown
SP 389 LUKE NAVELA WAINIU
SP 1204 VINOD LAL
Disillusioned senior police officers outed officers they said were engaging in underhand dealings, demanding the illegal prime minister Frank Bainimarama sack them.
Moles now say their campaign to expose the dirty activities, including drug dealing, has led to Bainimarama finally doing something.
They say he waited for the police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, to sort out the mess but his failure to do so finally led to him stepping in while Naivalurura is away in Sudan with the Defence Minister.
According to a source: "These men were had the protection of Commissioner and were doing all dirty and corrupt dealings in the force, including false investigations. Some of them also plotted against Esala Teleni."
The source adds: "As senior officers we are happy to applaud the decision of the PM who has taken his cue from C4.5. There are people like Ligairi, Ravi Narayan, (the assistant police commissioner) and Commissioner who need to be changed.
"For once, we like to thank PM for listening to police officers and doing something to get police out of the mess we are in."
Others maintain, though, that the officers who've been singled out are being made scapegoats for the hierarchy.
Insiders meanwhile say Narayan has been approved Extension of Service for another one year. He holds the position of Chief of Staff (COS) within the FPF.
A source says: "This is the same Police Officer who prepared the investigations papers and filed into the Police Archives Investigation Docket pertaining to the fire of Suncourt Hardware at Nabua when he held the position of Director Criminal Investigations Department.
"The result was that Suncourt Hardware managed to salvage its operations with its massive Insurance Claim. The key to the investigations was an Auditor who had been personally tasked to take all Company Records to Lautoka under the guise of conducting Audit whilst the fire raged Suncourt in Suva. The Company records were then returned to Suva where it was able to revitalize and continue the business of Suncourt to this day. The Auditors Statement was never taken."
The announcement of nine officers being suspended typically came with the warning illegal behaviour by police would not be tolerated.
Fiji police today have also been told to recapture the five inmates who escaped from the Naboro Corrections Centre last night, within 24 hours.
(Bloggers will know that as well as corrupt behaviour within the force, day to day police response to call-outs from people needing help have also been poor with officers failing to turn up, often because they don't have a vehicle).
Police are erecting road blocks in anticipation of the escapees leaving Central and heading for the Southern Division.