JUBA – South Sudan’s national security (NSS) and militias allied to the government have today arrested about 16 media teams belonging to the SPLM in Opposition in a move that put a huge dent to the viability of the peace agreement recently signed by the warring parties in the crisis hit Eastern African Country.
The arrested media team were initially about 30 in number when they were taken to the National Security Headquarters in the morning. However, the mostly non-uniformed NSS personels decided to screen the group and took 16 into the custody were they were severely beaten and threatened with deaths ‘if they continue doing what they are doing’.
“They started beating them as soon as they got hold of them. Very badly beaten” – SPLMIO advance team spokesman, William Ezekiel narrated.
The arrest of the SPLMIO loyalists is one of the latest in peace agreement violation by the government after the Juba government attacked a cantonment site of the SPLMIO in around Wau.
The arrested media group have this afternoon been released according to the national security. But the groups are severely disfigured given facial and body wounds they suffered at the hands of the national security personnels.
President spokesman, Mr Ateny Wek Ateny admitted that the 16 members team were arrested but defended the arrest saying that the group didn’t follow the usual protocols.
“Yes the so called media team of splmio were arrested by the national security services. simply because they didn’t follow the rules of carrying out public activities. they should have asked for permission from the national security services before going on the streets and shout about the arrival of the SPLMIO deputy chairman, Mr Alfred Ladu” – Ateny Wek.
The incident coincides with the arrival of the SPLMIO deputy Chairman, General Ladu Gore who is set to arrive this afternoon according to senior SPLMIO officials here in Juba.
THE UPPER NILE TIMES