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SPLA arrests two police officers in connection to Wau killing


December 22, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army has announced arresting a number of police officers who were responsible for recent killing of ten civilians in the Western Bahr el Ghazal’s capital, Wau.

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Residents of Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal, taking shelter in UNMISS compound after fleeing violence on 19 December. (Photo UNMISS)

The team led by the SPLA’s spokesperson, Philip Aguer, on Saturday while in Wau in a televised statement said the two police personnel wore SPLA uniforms when they committed the crime.

Ten civilians were shot dead last week in the town while protesting against the state government’s decision to transfer Wau county headquarters to Baggari area about twenty kilometres outside the state capital.

Philip Aguer said the two police officers, Mohamed Ahmed and Gabriel Omdurman, unfortunately decided to side against the protest violently, removed their police uniforms and instead wore SPLA uniforms and shot the protestors indiscriminately.

The SPLA infantry Division Five commander in charge of Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Maj. General Chuol Thoan, criticized those who always wanted to tarnish the good name of the SPLA. He said he wondered why the two police officers chose to put on SPLA uniform in order to shoot their own people in the name of SPLA.

Major General Chuol further explained that the SPLA forces did not take part in the Wau incident as they were far in their barracks, adding that it was the police that controlled the whole situation.

While pointing at the arrested police 1st Lt. Mohamed Ahmed, the SPLA commander Chuol said "this one has shot [dead] six civilians and the other one [Gabriel Omdurman] has shot three others."

They have turned the protest into tribal violence and took sides by shooting at the protestors, he said, who were predominantly of Balanda ethnic group. Commander Chuol did not however indicate from which ethnic groups in Western Bahr el Ghazal were the two accused police officers.

He commended his soldiers who immediately identified the two police officers after opening fire at the protestors, saying that led to their arrest.
Following the deadly protest, many civilians from the Balabda sought refuge at the UN compound in Wau fearing attacks.

UNMISS reported on its website that one of its patrols visited on 21 December a settlement outside Wau in Bussere to verify rumours that thousands people were displaced there but found no evidence confirming the allegation.


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  • 23 December 2012 08:00, by George Bol

    Many South militia and former SAF that were serving Khartoum for decades are the one spoiling the name of SPLA.

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    • 23 December 2012 08:32, by master

      SPLA NOT in need for someone to spoil her name
      they doing it propaply in all corners of south sudan
      this allegations mere scapegoat

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    • 23 December 2012 08:40, by Young Lotuko

      Mohamed Ahmed and Gabriel Omdurman, these muslims guys from Sudan, staying in South Sudan and killing our brothers and sisters..they need to be prosecuted ASAP

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      • 23 December 2012 09:17, by master

        what about killing in Jongoly
        was those muslims too
        you have land , people .resources &mind
        show us good governce as you made headage to us to follow your style

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      • 23 December 2012 09:42, by Nyakuzuny

        yea brother you know , those of Moslim here in South Sudan they will makes the very great mistake otherwise they will Liberates Moselimin Here in South Sudan. look these people thier Politics came from Arabs , we was all know this situation
        during the Referendum for votes. more population in Wau was votes for Unity this was the arabs Policies ,

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      • 23 December 2012 10:36, by Ahmed Chol

        Why would anybody believe that they have arrested 2 police men when they first deny that there was no civilian dead? This is a cover up. The governor is supposed to be in jail or dismissed from his post or face ICC. The monsters think they have absolute power to loot, corrupt and kill innocent civilians.

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      • 23 December 2012 20:11, by Rose

        Religion is not the issue, even the governor is a Muslim. What is striking is Maj. Gen. Chuol Thoans remarks that his soldiers were far away in the Barracks. As you read on he later commends his soldiers for identifying the two policemen immediately. How they identify the shooter if they were in the barracks? Do not scapegoat the two soldiers.

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        • 24 December 2012 07:03, by Mapuor

          Chuol Thon is not consistent in what he said,he might be one of the thugs that do not want greater Bhar ElGazal to be peaceful.Who is that Maj Gen Chuol?When did he go to Wau?The man must be checked well,I think he is not a clean person.He must be a former NYAGAT.

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    • 23 December 2012 09:45, by Joseph Canada

      First and foremost the work of military to act is the law in the country is not something that makes common sense. Military have NO power to ARREST, but have the power to DEFEND the nation.
      MILITARY should be used as the fence to protect the country from being invaded by another nation. ON THE OTHER HAND, POLICE ARE THE LAW MAKERS. We have the Chain of police units. something is fishy here.

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      • 23 December 2012 17:22, by dinkdong

        Sir, polices don’t make the laws, they enforced them.

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    • 23 December 2012 10:42, by ngadodo

      Mr Cowboy Salva Kiir his arrested somebody who gave orders to civilians killing? Or he just arrested the poor policemen’s who carry out order for somebody. His always had poor judgment and arrested wrong people, his usually fears for people whom had high ranks because for his leaderships.

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  • 23 December 2012 09:20, by dinkdong

    Hang their asses if they are confirmed the killers

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  • 24 December 2012 05:24, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Wait a minute,"I think there is a big issue in here. What do these names sound when we say Mohammed Ahmed and Gabriel Omdurman? These people are from the North. It doesn’t matter to me whether they are serving as the police in the South. Who knows maybe they are looking for money? The trial for them is the burrel of the gun if I am the one in charge.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam

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  • 24 December 2012 05:47, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Two police did not killed all people across Wau.
    they are making them as escapegoat.
    Baggeri,Wau street,Behind prison are thesame police those p killed people. Escapegoat is going on there to hid the trust

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  • 25 December 2012 10:41, by Andrew Monyluk

    Subj: Correction based on Wau incidents.
    The Name of the Army Maj. Gen. in Wau is called Chol Thon J. Balok not Chuol Thoan as it appear in the article.
    Wau has series of incidents in which people got confused if not narrated well.
    1- on 09/12/2012 the Balanda youth marched on the street of Wau demonstrating against the State Governor’s decision on relocation of Wau county HQs to Bagari.

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  • 25 December 2012 11:23, by Andrew Monyluk

    on 09/12/2012 Balanda youth in demonstration clashed with police and number of people got killed, the same day Balanda youth went to Bagari (village) and killed number of Dinka.
    On 19/12/2012 group of young men from Dinka attacked Balanda houses in Wau town as the retaliation of the date 9/12/2012 massacred. from there the army was called in to town, to control the situation.

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  • 25 December 2012 11:39, by Andrew Monyluk

    On 19/12/2012. Army arrest number of organized forces personnel wearing SPLA uniforms while shooting on civilian. to me it seem that the writer of this articles have not differentiated the dates of the incidents in series to give commentators the clear details.

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  • 25 December 2012 12:57, by Andrew Monyluk

    Reference to Mapour, in which he said the man need to be well check that he might be one of former Nyagat.
    Maj.Gen. Chol Thon is the one of the SPLA cadres who had remained and stand firm since 1983 upto now. and to prove it right, please ask who ever you know in the SPLA and he will tell you who the man is.

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  • 3 April 2013 11:33, by stefan

    yea brother you know , those of Moslim here in South Sudan they will makes the very great mistake otherwise they will Liberates Moselimin Here in South Sudan. look these people thier Politics came from Arabs , we was all know this situation
    during the Referendum for votes. more baterie do e-papierosa
    population in Wa

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