News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Police locks four over land wrangles

By Hou Akot Hou


Police authorities in Aweil West County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, are holding four men for storming a church-based school over a land dispute.

The four men reportedly stormed the New Life Ministry School premises, which is operating as a church-based institution.

The institution, which is attended by learners from mostly vulnerable families, also supports the needy population with food.

The four men are accused of having destroyed some parts of the buildings prompting the police to apprehend them, while one is on the run.

Philip Agany, the police investigator in Nyamlel, said that the four suspects are identified only by their first names: Ater, Akoon, Monywiir, and Akol. And the fifth suspect is at large.

He said the accused men mobilized their collaborators to vandalize the New Life Primary School, beginning with the school wire fence, in an attempt to take the land forcefully.

Mr. Agany stated that the accused individuals claimed that the school is constructed on their land and that the school administration has to vacate the site.

The police detective said it is an uncalled-for act and is contributing to the underdevelopment, which is not good at all.

ā€œI want to appeal to everyone in society that people should not take the law into their own hands so that they follow the rule of law. Just go to court and never act against the law by fighting if seeking anything from anyone,ā€ he said.

“If a building is constructed like a tower on your land, just go to the court so that your land is rendered to you peacefully but not through violence,ā€ he warned.

Agany disclosed that the suspects have been transferred to Aweil Central Prison, awaiting to be taken to court.



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