Fiji's second-ranking police officer quits a day after security move announced

Fiji's assistant Police Commissioner has resigned, less than a day after it was announced by his boss that Fiji's military forces were being deployed to maintain security and stability following reports of threats made against minority groups.

The Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho announced on Friday that Abdul Khan had resigned due to "personal reasons".

"I have accepted his resignation after the decision was reached on mutual understanding, and respect his decision to resign from the organisation."

He said promotions had already been made.

On Thursday, Qiliho said the move to deploy the military was a joint decision with the commander of Fiji's military forces, Major General Jone Kalouniwai.

Meanwhile, Fiji Police Force Chaplain's secondment to the organisation has ceased effective immediately.

The reasons for the cessation of his secondment are not being made public.