Government Condemns Akobo Attack As U.N. Sends Investigative Team

Deputy Governor and Information Minister, Hussein Maar Nyuot said the criminals act was against innocent people and nobody in the state can tolerate that. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

The Deputy Governor and Information Minister, Hussein Maar Nyuot said the criminals act was against innocent people and nobody in the state can tolerate that.

“It is very unfortunate as we are all working for peace there are criminals out who are actually doing the destruction so I want to take this opportunity first of all too strongly condemn on behalf of the government and as the spokesperson of the government,” Maar said.

He congratulated the work done by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces for recovering the raided cattle.

“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our SPLA forces in Akobo for the good work that they have done, they pursued the criminal, they intercepted them and managed to recover the cattle but so far children and women have not been recovered,” said Hussein.

He urged the people to be patient and not revenge as the government will pursue the criminals.

Meanwhile, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has dispatched a team to investigate the killings, according to a statement from UN.

“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received information from local officials from Walgak in west Akobo that an attack took place on Friday, 8 February, in the Manitor area,” Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists at a briefing in New York.

The investigative team, which includes UN personnel and officials from the Government of South Sudan, will “investigate, obtain accurate information, assess the needs of the affected population and determine what is required by the South Sudanese authorities to address the situation,” the spokesperson added.

As part of its mandated role in the country, UNMISS investigates allegations of human rights abuses and supports efforts to protect civilians. The Mission has been active in consolidating peace and security, and helping to establish conditions for development in the world’s newest country since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011.

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