6 people to be arraigned in court for killing SSPDF soldier

By Taban Henry

Authorities in Ikotos County of Eastern Equatoria State to arraign 6 people before the court for killing a soldier that belongs to the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces in Lomude Village Imotong Payam.

Last week, a soldier identified as James Lokodong was beaten by a mob on suspicions of being a magician. The deceased had gone to the village to attend the funeral of his uncle.

Speaking in a telephone interview to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper on Sunday the Commissioner of Ikotos County, Joseph Lokolong Jenisio said the perpetrators involved in the killing of the SSPDF soldier have been arrested and will be tried.

“The deceased is a soldier from SSPDF and he went to the funeral of his uncle in Imotong. Unfortunately, a group of youth said that he is a magician and they beat him until he died. When he died, some of the youth involved in community policing managed to arrest the killers. One of them ran to Juba but the rest are in custody” he said.

Commissioner Lokolong cautioned the people against taking the law into their hands and advised them to seek legal redress.

“To address this, we need to do civic education and also take Christian missionaries to preach the word of God. I think this will change the minds of the people,” he said.

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