South Sudan Cops Arrested for Forcing their Way Into Uganda

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In short
Patrick Okema, the Aswa region police spokesperson says the south Sudanese cops were arrested and detained for forcing their way into Uganda. He says the cops were released after eight hours following a meeting between the Aswa regional police leadership and their South Sudan counterparts, which resolved that the cops be released to face prosecution in their country.

Five south Sudanese traffic and regular police officers were arrested and detained by Uganda Police on Thursday at Elugu border post in Amuru district for illegally crossing into Uganda in a pursuit of a driver who was involved in an accident in their country. The south Sudanese cops came hunting for Gaddafi Tabani, who they accused of knocking to death a young girl in Nimule town in South Sudan.
 
Patrick Okema, the Aswa region police spokesperson says the south Sudanese cops were arrested and detained for forcing their way into Uganda. He says the cops were released after eight hours following a meeting between the Aswa regional police leadership and their South Sudan counterparts, which resolved that the cops be released to face prosecution in their country.
 
Okema explains that both the South Sudan and Uganda police are investigating the accident in Nimule town. Ben Yangi, the Commissioner Kajo-Keji County in South Sudanese has expressed disappointment over the behavior by the South Sudan cops.
He says the cops should have informed their leadership instead of attempting to force their way into Uganda to avoid the continuous accusations that south Sudan officials torture Ugandans and even kill them.
 
South Sudan security has repeatedly come under the spotlight for raiding areas in Uganda and torturing residents they are under their territory. The latest incident occurred last year when official from Kajo-Keji deployed to two tractors to open roads in Abaya-Wana village, about 10 kilometers inside Moyo district.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.