Fiji Military To Train Customs Authority On Weapons Identification

Effort to assit detection of illegal arms smuggling

By Arieta Vakasukawaqa

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Jan. 11, 2017) –  The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority will be trained on the finer points of weaponry by the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces to assist in the detection of smuggling of illegal arms.

This has been made possible after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday at the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces headquarters.

FRCA chief executive officer Visvanath Das said through Customs they were the first line of defence at the border.

Mr Das said the smuggling of illicit drugs and ammunition remained an issue on border security in Fiji and around the world.

Mr Das said Custom officers would learn specialised skills in identifying weapons from the RFMF.

He said it would enable Customs officers to identify ammunition and weapons that were smuggled in dismantled forms.

“Sometimes when these weapons are smuggled into the country, they have already been dismantled and packed in different bags. With this training our Customs officers we will be able to identify them,” Mr Das said.

He said it would be a great help to first primary Custom officers when they conduct searches at airports or any port around Fiji.

RFMF Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, said they would provide training which also targeted discipline and skill sets in identifying arms and ammunitions.

Mr Das said the Customs officers needed to be disciplined while they were carrying out their work.

“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 said.

The five weeks of training by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces begins today.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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