6 in custody, over football riot

Major General Daniel Justin, National Police Spokesperson (File photo: Philip Buda Ladu)

By Taban Henry

Police have arrested six youths in Juba for allegedly instigating a riot between rival groups of football fans, following a peace tournament that was played in Juba on Tuesday.

The tournament that was organized by the Juba-based advocacy organization, Bentiu Youth Peace Initiative, was intended to promote peaceful co-existence among young people of Unity State.

However, the Tuesday’s peace match between Mayom and Rubkona counties of Unity State in Juba one play ground turned violent after Rubkona beat Mayom 3 goals to 2.

According to the police Spokesperson, fans of the two competitive football teams stated aggressiveness with sticks and throwing stones at each other after the match had ended.

He also said the youth went on rampage hitting vehicles during the confrontation that ensued.

“It was actually at around 5:00PM, there was a friendly match played at Juba One playing ground between Mayom and Rubkona teams and the football ended 3-2 in favor of Mayom. After the match some youth quarreled among themselves and they started fighting. When we were called, we came and arrested the situation,” Maj. Gen. Justin told No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper.

Daniel added that nobody was hospitalized during the fight but rather two vehicles were damage adding that the six suspects are under custody awaiting trial.

He further said the suspects will be arraigned to court citing that once one is found guilty the court will take its course.

“We are now going to celebrate the prayers tomorrow and after the prayers there will be also have Eid al Adha of the Muslim community, I am appealing to them that we are on standby to make sure that security and public order is maintained,” he said.

Justin called on the parents to be very strict in controlling and making sure that their children are carefully monitored especially the niggas who use to fight each other.

He stressed that the parents should make sure they know where there children are going and where they are coming from.

“Our 112 is open, if there is any security threat call 112 or rush to the nearest police station even if you are in Gurei or Lemon gaba we shall reach you in less than 5 minutes,” Daniel hinted.

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