South Sudan Rebels Release Detained Aid Workers

SPLA-IO hands over detained aids workers who were previously accused of spying on their activities(Photo: file)

SPLA-IO hands over detained aids workers who were previously accused of spying on their activities(Photo: file)

April 15th, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from South Sudan’s border town of Koboko confirms that at least seven Aids workers were released by the South Sudan’s main rebel movement, the SPLM/A in Opposition.

According to the deputy spokesman of the SPLA(IO), Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, the SPLA IO command of Division 2B and the administration of the Yei River State safely released seven Aids Workers and 3 vehicles this morning, April 15th, 2018.

“This morning the 15/04/2018 at about 11:30AM, the SPLA IO command of Div. 2B and the administration of Yei River State safely released seven (7) Aids workers with three vehicles to a delegation of the UNOCHA along the Uganda border in Koboko. The handover was witnessed by the Ugandan police service.” Col. Lam Paul Gabriel said.

Lam explains that the seven Aids workers were arrested on suspicion that some of their members were members of South Sudan security forces who came to spy on their operations in their controlled areas.

“The seven workers were detained due to security issues concerning two of their colleagues who were discovered to be security agents of the regime intentionally deployed to carry out hostile surveillance on our controlled areas.” Lam said.

“However, the seven were all releases on directives from the leadership and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/A IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.” He continued.

The armed opposition calls on civil population and wider public to avoid being used by the SPLA-IG or any other rivaling party as assets of war.

“The SPLA IO therefore, calls up on all humanitarian agencies to avoid being infiltrated by the regime so that they (regime) gets easy access to SPLA IO controlled areas. The resistance continues.” Said the deputy spokesman, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel.

Within this year, the rebels have released Aids workers, Prisoners of War and detained Kenyan pilots who killed civilians and cattle when their aircraft crushed in Akobo.

The rebels call on Kiir’s regime to return the good gesture by releasing aids workers, prisoners of war and other accused persons in their custody.

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