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Alberio Tobiolo, the Governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province in South Sudan, says that at least four suspected thieves have been beheaded at the Uganda-South Sudan border.
Alberio Tobiolo, the Governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province of South Sudan

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A South Sudanese official has accused Uganda security of beheading suspected cattle thieves. Alberio Tobiolo, the Governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province in South Sudan, says that at least four suspected thieves have been beheaded at the Uganda-South Sudan border.

Suspected South Sudanese armed bandits have repeatedly raided Agoro and Madi-Opei sub-counties in Lamwo district and loot livestock. However, they have repeatedly been repulsed by the Anti-Stock Theft Unit- ASTU, police and Uganda People's Defense Forces.

Alberio Tobiolo, the Governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province in South Sudan questions whether beheading criminals is part of Ugandan laws.

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Alberio who displayed the photos of the victims claims that they were slaughtered in Ikotos and Geria counties in Torit and Imatong States respectively.

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Tobiolo also revealed that none of the beheaded victims were South Sudanese nationals. He said the suspects were all Ugandans with relatives in South Sudan whom they have been collaborating with to raid livestock from neighboring Madi-Opei and Agoro Sub-Counties in Uganda.

However, Maj. Fred Mayeku, the Pajimo Infantry Division Intelligence Officer in Kitgum district, dismissed the accusations saying that Ugandan security officers are too civilized to commit such inhumane acts.

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Maj. Mayeku cited a recent incident in Madi-Opei in which an irate mob flogged the body of Philip Ole, a police deserter after lynching him for cattle theft.

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More than five suspected thieves were gunned down by security forces during separate cattle raids in Agoro and Madi Opei sub-counties, according James Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner.

Lamwo district has suffered livestock theft by armed gangs who maraud from their hideouts in South Sudan. Over 100 cattle including those distributed under the government restocking programs were stolen in 2018 alone.