4 Dec 2006

Fiji police response shortly to military's seizure of guns

4:54 pm on 4 December 2006

The acting Fiji Police Commissioner Moses Driver has called a news conference to begin about now after the military removed weapons from the armoury at the base of the Police Tactical response unit at Nasinu.

The army has also surrounded the armoury at the police academy in Nasuva.

Walter Zweifel reports from Suva.

"The acting police commissioner will address the media following the seizure of the weapons in Nasinu which happened without there being any resistance. At Nasuva the military has failed to get into the Police Academy armoury after being told the key was in Nasinu. While soildiers are guarding the armoury, recruits outside parade on the lawn. The military's move will be explained at a news conference in two hours to be given by the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Meanwhile the army have set up a roadblock at Sawani, about 12 kilometres from Suva, in what appears to be to a bid to stop people from reaching the capital from the interior."