Long arm of the law

Fred Wesley | Monday, March 12, 2018
The revelation that three families at Nacokaika in the province of Naitasiri are living in fear after a group of men forcefully entered their compound is cause for concern.

The families allege the group attacked them, broke down windows and punched an elderly woman.

The alleged incident happened on Saturday morning when the three families who live on a 10-acre leased land were preparing breakfast.

As police investigate the reasons behind the attack, there will definitely be many questions asked.

The three families claim they had to fight off two men who allegedly attacked them and also allegedly used vulgar language against them.

Yesterday, police confirmed three men were in custody for their alleged involvement in the case.

It is difficult to comprehend the fact that there are people who will break into other people's homes without so much as a show of concern.

The reality though is that such things do happen.

We would think they are not supposed to in a society where we appreciate one another, value lives and show concern for the welfare of our neighbours.

But when such things happen, and people take the law into their own hands, and enter private property, then there are laws that will come into effect.

Perhaps we should be proactive and vigilant as neighbours and be alert always.

In the Northern Division, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police and chief operations officer Maretino Qiolevu reminded parents and teachers of their roles in shaping the lives of their children.

Acting ACP Qiolevu was at the launch of the Crime Stoppers scholastic program at Batinikama College in Labasa last week.

"We must lead by example and be role models because we are responsible for them in the two institutions they spend most of their childhood lives in — the home and school," he said.

Different people will definitely have different views about the importance of parenthood and how we nurture our young ones.

The point is that we all have a role to play in how people eventually embrace peace in our country.

We have to accept the fact that people must feel safe in their own homes.

There are laws in place that dictate our actions. They protect our rights.

It is unfortunate that families have been attacked.

However, we should allow the police to investigate and take appropriate action.

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