3 Arrested Over Suspected Links To Militia

Three men suspected to be linked to a rebel have been arrested in Mundri East County, Western Equatoria State.

The three who were apprehended on Sunday, however, denied any links with Peter Adu Rahman Sule who was arrested last week for suspected involvement in rebellious activities in the state.

Martin Lado, Atair Philip Atair and Warinyang Wani Laku were arrested by security forces on diverse occasions, but have strongly denied any links to Sule.

They told New Times that the security teams bumped onto them at night and arrested them without any interrogation.

One of the men, Atair, who is a charcoal trader, said he had travelled to the area from Juba to look for charcoal supplies but was arrested by the security forces upon realising that he had come from Central Equatoria State.

Another suspect, Laku, denied having any links with Sules’s grouping, terming his arrest as ‘a mistaken identity’.

“My father and I were looking for our lost cow when we heard gunshots. We both ran to different directions when I fell into the hands of the security men who then arrested me”, said Laku.

Contacted, the Western Equatoria State government spokesperson Gibson Bullen Wande said the three are being interrogated to establish whether they are linked to the renegade.

He urged those displeased by the state government to embrace dialogue, saying taking arms is unacceptable.

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