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Police beef up security after attack outside Juba


June 13, 2012 (JUBA) - Senior government officials at South Sudan’s ministry of interior on Wednesday instructed police to increase regular patrols apparently in an effort to contain growing public concerns about increasing crime rates.

Juba made the pronouncement a day after reports indicated that gunmen suspected to be armed robbers attacked a vehicle carrying three passengers, travelling from Torit, in Eastern Equatoria State to Juba on at 7pm Monday.

Several government officials told Sudan Tribune that the attack occurred in the Khor Angereb area between Ngangala and Nesitu by unknown gunmen wearing military uniforms, similar to those worn by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

"Police forces have have received instructions to increase regular patrols. More police forces have actually been deployed to contain this situation”, General Salva Mathok Gengdit, Deputy Minister of Interior said on Wednesday. Gengdit made the remarks in exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune, during which he spoke on a wide range of issues but made no mention of how many police forces were being deployed.

He pledged police commitment to investigating crimes especially murder cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice. According to Gengdit, despite challenges the police would try to contain the rise in crime; saying efforts are underway to ensure that the constraint becomes a thing of the past soon.

South Sudan’s second top policemen urged the members of the public to support police force and strengthen the existing cooperation. "Public support in providing information to the police is very important because without public support, there cannot be any effective police service", he said. The police are the community and the community is the police.

“So we have to work closely to make sure that the country becomes a crime-free nation. Let the community also understand that we are their servants and not their masters. I also urge every police officer to have that in mind that he/she is a servant of the public. So I expect the police to treat the public with respect and a high standard of discipline".

Gengdit said he expected every policemen to salute and smile at everyone, as a sign if respect, making people more likely to cooperate with the police.

"I will also urge the public if they see police officers doing anything, let them come forward and put up their complaint at the ‘Complaints and Discipline Unit’ at the Police Headquarters in Juba. We are again trying to establish a ‘Professional Standards Unit’ and we have somebody that we identified already to head that unit,” he stated.

John Garang Deng, a police officer at the ministry of interior said received the report on Tuesday that a car carrying passengers traveling from Eastern Equatoria to Juba was attacked but none of the passengers was hurt.

"It was sprayed with bullets damaging the radiator, windscreen, and front tyre. We are told the passengers managed to drive with the flat tyre to a nearby station where they stopped and left the car. One of the bullets shot through the windscreen, through the steering wheel but fortunately it missed the driver. The passengers safely came to Juba. This signifies security threat that still exists”, he explained.


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  • 14 June 2012 06:48, by Kurnyel

    Poor government always resulted the way South Sudan is leading to. the attack is being caried out by Equatorians and few Ugandans, so Kirr is a broken pot and Machar is a deaf, what is the future of South?

    • 14 June 2012 07:15, by P.K.M

      South Sudan authorities should deploy undercover police in those areas, when these people are caught; no one should be caught by surprise, when they turned out to be Khartoum fighting proxies that don’t want South Sudan to succeed.

      • 14 June 2012 07:24, by P.K.M

        Kurnyel/Mohammed, if you already know Equatorians and Ugandan did it when South Sudan police investigation team doesn’t have that information yet! You probably know more than what you’re telling us! It would have been smarter for you to lay low for a while.

        • 14 June 2012 07:30, by Kurnyel

          Poor knowlegde and more (P.K.M) you are a Equatorians who are slaves to Dinka, what is your contribuntion in the historiy of Sudan? I hope you will lock your damn month before I insults you again.

        • 14 June 2012 07:50, by Big Boy

          I do agree with you my dear and It seem to be true, those criminal are Equatorian and with their fake Brother Ugandian....who are calling themself as a brothers instead, those fucking guys we will teach them a lesson by any means in South, and we will block every corner leading the border to their fake place.we have been strugglin since then upto the signing of cpa, we have no crime this nowad

          • 14 June 2012 08:32, by P.K.M

            Big boy, before you agree with me, you had to have a complete comprehension of what I have said!

            • 14 June 2012 09:09, by Big Boy

              I don’t understand the topics, iam sorry mr.pmk!

    • 14 June 2012 08:10, by Legacy Elite

      These crimes are done by Dinka SPLA. They are doing the same crimes plus rapes and looting in Pibor where they have been killing civilians Murle. But these crimes go unnoticed as their leaders in Juba usually deny these crimes. The SPLA gangs must be overthrown in time before it is too late

      • 14 June 2012 23:35, by panom lualbil

        DinKAS are supposed to get double check than others, because they paid double prices in war ! When others like MURLEI were busier for cattle-rustling from civilians.

  • 14 June 2012 09:22, by kimo

    hungry police and other armed forces are more dangerous than the thieves,,,unless the multi millions stolen from government money are returned,south sudan will not and never witness any peace.the police are saying why the big officials have millions in their accounts abroad and we are left to die of hunger

  • 14 June 2012 09:42, by Eastern

    Armed insurrection is not the preserve of SPLA. When the then Southern Sudanese felt cheated by Khartoum, they took up arms in thousands. Now South Sudanese are frustrated and why do you think it is Equatorian when you insist that SPLA is not Dinka. Style up or another war is not far from erupting - just outside the capital. Mark my words!!!!

  • 15 June 2012 07:54, by E. Defense Forces

    God Save South Sudan from Anarchy

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