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Committee formed to probe Upper Nile killings

By William Madouk

 

Governor of Upper Nile State, James Odhok has formed an eight-member high-level investigation committee into inter-communal violence in Upper Nile State earlier last month.

According to the media report, the skirmish had resulted in the killing of at least eleven (11) people in the course of 7-day in Bouth village, Malakal town and PoC road respectively.

“In the wake of a series of violent incidents that claimed the lives of at least 11 people in late May, the governor of Upper Nile state, H.E Gen. James Odhok, has taken swift action to uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice,” partly read statement from the office of the governor.

In an order seen by this outlet, Mr. Odhok named his deputy Deng Joh Angok as the chairperson of the investigation committee and deputized by Jokino Fideli Nyikayo.

Mr. James Manyluak Majok, the state minister of peacebuilding was appointed as a member, and the mayor of Malakal City Council, Chuol Laul Weng is also named as a member.

Other members include; Molana Nyangon Arop, the head of legal administration, two SSPDF commanders in Division Two, director of national security and the police commissioner as the committee rapporteur.

Governor Odhok gave the committee fourteen days to probe and submit their findings to him.

He also authorized the committee to arrest the commanders of the two forces in Akoka and Fashoda for their alleged involvement in ‘unlawful and unjustified killings’ in the area.

The tragic loss of lives in Upper Nile state has disturbed the common citizens in the state. Now all eyes are fixed on the investigation committee who will leave no stone unturned to bring culprits to book.

Earlier, the U.N. special envoy for South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom urged for speedy intervention measures to quell outbreak of violence in Malakal town of Upper Nile state.

“Such violence causes lasting harm to communities and also prevents UNMISS from continuing our vital protection and peacebuilding work,” Haysom cautioned.

The peacekeeping mission appealed to local authorities to swiftly act before the situation worsened.

“UNMISS urges state and local authorities as well as government security forces to maintain stability and order in the area, including around the UN Protection of Civilians Site and Malakal town,” partly reads the statement.

 

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