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Juba officials concerned over escalating crime rates

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March 15, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state officials have expressed concerns over increasing crimes rates, citing the wave of armed robberies that have hit the capital, Juba in recent weeks.

Samuel Suba, the state information minister said three people were killed at a forex bureau, among several other incidences reported.

“These cases of theft which have escalated for the last two months in Juba town, particularly at night in some areas that have limited [road] access for police patrol and the areas with the poor road connectivity,” Suba told reporters on Sunday.

A gunman killed two people before killing himself, eyewitnesses said.

Suba, however, observed that crimes rate reduced in 2014 after police introduced a hotline, but criminals still exploit certain loopholes.

“Thieves have taken the advantage of exploiting these weaknesses and they are disturbing the civil population in those areas,” he said.

The official urged citizens to make good use of the 777 emergency hotline.

But some Juba residents claim police response was often very slow.

“I called that 777 hotline when my neighbor was attacked the police arrived two hours later,” said John Ladu, a resident of Sherikat, a Juba surburb.

“I am not sure if those police are well equipped to deal with these criminals,” he added.

KILLING INCIDENCES

In early February, gunmen entered Kenyan Commercial Bank (KCB) in Juba town, killed a policeman and went away with undisclosed amounts of money.

Days later, unknown gunmen attacked money changers operating the black market, killed a person and looted huge sums of money in both local and foreign currency.

Meanwhile, no arrests have since been made in connection to these various killings.

(ST)

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  • 16 March 2015 02:02, by Mr Point

    400 civilians were murdered at Gudele police station on 16 December 2013.

    Nobody has ever been held responsible for this crime.

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  • 16 March 2015 02:02, by Mr Point

    400 civilians were murdered at Gudele police station on 16 December 2013.

    Nobody has ever been held responsible for this crime.

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  • 16 March 2015 05:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Such crimes are common in metropolitans like Juba,Nairobi and Kampala.just learn how to minimize them by enforcing severe punishments.

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    • 16 March 2015 06:46, by Koang

      MINSTER, YoU sAid, "Meanwhile, no arrests have since been made in connection to these various killings." What dOes tHat meAn?
      Do U or one of yOur mEn HAVE %sHaRe from the Act?
      Also more humanitarians and Foreigners workers Killed.

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  • 16 March 2015 10:01, by Ambago

    With police on strike in Western Bahr Ghazal and now a killing spree hitting the country’s capital of Juba, one wonders how on earth a government that is dependant on dwindling Oil revenues remains confident of winning the civil war with the rebels?

    Having no funds to adequately paying the law enforcers, and falling off with the western donors, this country is sailing in chattered waters !

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  • 16 March 2015 10:34, by siddaw

    What a rhetoric pretending that they care about our safeties. Where they not the ones who instigated these escalating crime rate in Juba, by setting the strategies of terminating those who question their unseen work? Which other criminals are we havin g, other than you (the leaders)? why worry now when you’ve already finished our innocent Junubin?

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  • 16 March 2015 15:23, by denis

    When one compound in Juba was attacked recently friends rang the 777 hotline. They got piped music for several minutes then gave up!

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