11 Jan 2017

Fiji military brought in to combat weapons smuggling

3:18 pm on 11 January 2017

Fiji's border officials are to get help from the country's military in an effort to combat arms smuggling.

The Fiji Sun reports five weeks of training starts today after an agreement signed yesterday between the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Fiji Military Forces.

The authority's chief executive Visvanath Das said customs officers would learn how to identify weapons that are sometimes dismantled before being brought in.

He said the smuggling of illicit drugs and ammunition remains a border security issue in Fiji and around the world and the military will also help instill discipline in his officers.

"While trying to execute roles at the border we cannot have lethargic people on the border, that's why we have brought in RFMF to instil in them disciplined training," he told the Fiji Sun.

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