Family Seeks Answers in Tragic Death: A Heartfelt Plea

A family in Naduna, Labasa is seeking answers after the tragic death of 26-year-old sugarcane laborer Jovilisi Katonibau last Thursday.

The circumstances surrounding his death, believed to be a result of a hit-and-run incident, have left his mother, Salome Dikere, 55, in deep anguish.

Ms Dikere shared her grief, describing how her world was shattered when the police informed her about her son’s death, just a few meters from their home.

“Since my husband passed away in 2015, Jovilisi has been my pillar, helping to care for my nine grandchildren and ensuring they attend Vunimoli Islamia Primary School,” she said.

Jovilisi, her fourth eldest child, was a dedicated yaqona farmer in Drekeniwai Village, Cakaudrove. He often returned to Labasa during his free time to work as a sugarcane laborer, supporting his family financially.

Recalling the events of July 3, Ms Dikere mentioned that her son came home around 6pm after a day of cutting sugarcane. They prepared to attend a prayer service at the nearby church.

“He disappeared before the service ended, without saying where he was going. The next day, I received the devastating news,” she recounted, tears welling up in her eyes.

“He had never left without informing me and always encouraged his nieces and nephews to study.”

Struggling to hold back tears, Ms Dikere said: “I need to know what happened that night so I can explain to my grandchildren why their uncle will not be coming back.”

Divisional Police Commander Northern, Senior Superintendent of Police Kemueli Baledrokadroka, said that the investigation is ongoing. The results of the post-mortem examination will guide the next steps in the case.

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