Two South Sudanese arrested in Elegu for attacking UPDF troops

A file photo of the UPDF soldiers in a meeting with locals in the North

A South Sudanese soldier and civilian have been arrested in Elegu City Council in Amuru District following an assault on UPDF troopers patrolling the porous border entry points.

The suspects are; Karibinu Dhel, 28, a soldier with South Sudan Folks Defence Forces (SSPDF) attached to the Republican Guard in Nimule and Martin Okot 24, a South Sudanese dealer in Nimule.

The duo was a part of seven armed South Sudanese who came to into Uganda through Unyama River, a porous border area.

Mr Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner and also the chairperson of the district safety committee, says the South Sudanese came to Uganda to facilitate transportation of unlawful medication.

“What’s bringing all these issues is the difficulty of unlawful medication, there was some unlawful commerce of those medication from Uganda to South Sudan, nevertheless it has been stopped. Now they wish to come and take them forcefully. Most of them rely upon these medication to outlive,” he stated.

A file photo of South Sudan soldiers

Maj Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says throughout the scuffle, the attackers disarmed and shot a UPDF soldier recognized as Ashiraf Ocaya who is attached to  Elegu Army detach. Ocaya is admitted on the UPDF 4th Division Army Hospital in Gulu for treatment.

Aswa River Area Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema divulged that the case was recorded at Elegu Police Station as CRB 108/2020.

Mr Okema said the UPDF recovered a firearm Reg No. 56- 5621820 that was being used by the suspect and was handed over to Elegu Police.

A a joint safety workforce comprising police and UPDF remains on the ground hurting for the remaining suspects who are at large.

Las month, 4 SSPDF soldiers were shot dead UPDF in an exchange in Yumbe District.


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