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South Sudanese Soldier Accused of Shooting Senior Officer, Sneaks Into Uganda

According to Kidega, the Eastern Equatorial State Governor Loius Lobong Lojore says intelligence information indicates that the suspect could have sneaked into Uganda where he is believed to be hiding in Palabek refugee settlement in Lamwo district.
Lamwo RDC James Nabinson Kidega a Uganda delegation to Tseretenya in South Sudan during a bilateral securing meeting in August 2020 Photo By Dan M Komakech

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A South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) soldier who is accused of killing a senior army officer in the Eastern Equatorial State Capital of Torit has reportedly sneaked into Uganda. 



The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, James Nabinson Kidega disclosed this after receiving reports from his counterpart in Torit County and the Eastern Equatorial State Governor, Loius Lobong Lojore who are in pursuit of the armed assailant.  

It is alleged that Mario Savid shot dead 2nd Lt. Peter Solomon Odee, the former head of the Protective Unit of South Sudan National Security Services in Torit on Thursday last week and vanished into hiding.  

According to Kidega, the Eastern Equatorial State Governor Loius Lobong Lojore says intelligence information indicates that the suspect could have sneaked into Uganda where he is believed to be hiding in Palabek refugee settlement in Lamwo district.

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John Ceaser Ikwang, the Ikotos County Commissioner has appealed to the Ugandan authorities to pursue the assailant and repatriate him to face justice in South Sudan. 

Kidega says records from the immigration department show that the suspect hasn’t used any of the four official border crossing points in Lamwo district, saying he could have taken advantage of the porous border to enter Uganda.  

He has called on the civilian population living within the border sub-counties and border officials in Palabek Kal, Awenolwiyo and Ngomoromo in Lokung Sub County and Apirit in Madi Opei Sub County to be on the lookout for the assailant who is said to be armed and could be a security threat and a danger to the populace.

He says despite being given shoot to kill orders by the South Sudan authorities, Kidega says they will apprehend him for violating Uganda’s territorial integrity with firearms.

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