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South Sudan security arrests state oil company official over black market deal

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August 1, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan security services have arrested a senior state oil company involved in the sale of illicit fuel, despite presidential order instructing crackdown on the business

People queue at a fuel station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba on 18 October 2014 (ST)

A high ranking security officer told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday they have arrested a senior official at the state owned oil company, Nilpet, for smuggling out fuel to black market instead of selling at the official rate.

The officer identified the arrested official as James Meth. He said the arrest was made after a week of deployment of security operatives to carry out an investigation behind the cause in fuel price.

“Our investigation found evidence that fuel gets to the black market through officials at the Nilpet. These officials collude with street vendors, some of our colleagues and other security organs. So it has been a syndicated activity that is why a fuel appears today and disappear tomorrow after it is brought,” he said.

The officer said their work has been sanctioned by the top level leadership to carry out a crackdown on the illicit sale of fuel using joint security operation after the president gave the order to crack down on fuel in the black market.

Officials at the state oil company, according to the security officer, make a profit by creating fuel scarcity in the country and in smuggling the fuel to the black market where they sell it at an absurd price.

(ST)

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  • 2 August 2017 09:53, by Mr. Right

    These scums of Nile s**t are working for the downfall of this country’s economy for sure.

    If you have evidences, then what are you waiting. Take them to court for trial where they will be prosecuted and imprisoned for such illicit acts.

  • 3 August 2017 10:54, by Eastern

    Juba inhabitants will continue to face hurdles in motorised transport for some times.....



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