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Two Sub Officer Operations of National Fire Authority (NFA) based in the Western Division Charged by FICAC for alleged Scam

Media Team   |   18 May 2022

Two Sub Officer Operations with the National Fire Authority (NFA) were produced at the Ba Magistrates Court of the Anti-Corruption Division on Friday 13 May 2022 for corruption related offences.


The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has charged Nacanieli Raitokala with nine (9) counts of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage and Tanoa Ledua Junior with eight (8) counts of Aiding and Abetting. The duo is also jointly charged with one (1) count of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage.


For the nine (9) counts of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage, it is alleged between 01 September 2020 to 30 March 2021, Nacanieli Raitokala whilst being a Sub Officer Operations based at the Nadi Fire Station, without the general or special permission of his appointing authority solicited and accepted an advantage of FJD $1,011 from various private businesses in the Western Division.


On the eight (8) counts of Aiding and Abetting, it is alleged between 01 September 2020 to 30 March 2021, Tanoa Ledua Junior whilst being a Sub Officer Operations based at the Nadi Fire Station, aided and abetted Nacanieli Raitokala by making an evacuation plan to abet Nacanieli Raitokala in obtaining the sum of FJD $981 from various private businesses in the Western Division.


In relation to the joint charge, it is alleged between 23 November 2020 and 30 November 2020, Nacanieli Raitokala and Tanoa Ledua Junior whilst being Sub Officer Operations based at the Nadi Fire Station, without the general or special permission of their appointing authority solicited and accepted an advantage of FJD $150 from a private business in the Western Division.


FICAC State Counsel, Ms. Lanieta More informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.


The Magistrates Court granted a non cash bail of $1000 for each of the accused and were ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail.


Nacanieli Raitokala and Tanoa Ledua Junior were also ordered not to change their residential address, not to change their residential addresses and not to leave the jurisdiction of Fiji.


Nacanieli Raitokala was ordered to surrender his passport to the Court and to report to the Nadi Police Station twice in a month on Saturdays between 6am to 6pm.


Tanoa Ledua Junior was ordered to report to the nearest Police Station twice in a month on Saturdays between 6am to 6pm.


The matter has been adjourned to 10 June 2022.