|Naivalurua with British diplomat Martin Fidler. pic The Jet Newspaper|
At least three prisoners are still roaming free while Fiji Police seniors play the role of high flyers and entertain dignitaries instead of fighting crime.
We've been told police officers don't really care about recapturing the prisoners. They have been disillusioned with the current police commissioner for some time and have made several failed appeals to Frank Bainimarama to change the police leadership.
And while their pleas fall on deaf ears, Police Commissioner Ioane Naivalurua and senior officers like ACP Ravi Narayan are seemingly more interested in engaging in showmanship diplomacy at police headquarters then initiating a plan to capture runaway prisoners.
Twelve prisoners in total have now escaped in the past two months.
The first (five altogether) were from Naboro Prison, the second from a Nadi (there were three of them) police station and the third (four escapees), just last night from Korovou.
Yet, four days ago, on the second day the Nadi prisoners were still on the loose, Naivalurua, was playing Mad Hatter to acting British High Commissioner, Martin Fidler, in Nasinu.
Three days ago he was doing the same thing with Marion Weichelt, the Ambassador of Switzerland.
Last month, he hosted the Singapore Ambassador to Fiji Verghese Matthew. He was also busy signing a MOU between the Fiji Police and Vodafone last week while the Nadi prisoners were on the run.
A quick look at the Fiji Police website shows dozens and dozens of recent pictures of him and the diplomats during the time wasting welcome parades.
It is no wonder his men are adopting a 'relax mada' attitude, making way for the Green Goons to be brought in. But as we've seen, the RFMF are lawless and who knows how far they'll got to assert the so-called law.
The country has already had bad press over the treatment of the Naboro prisoners, and who knows how the latest escapade will end.