Taban’s forces accuse Machar’s SPLA-IO of planning offensive in northern Upper Nile
June 3rd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Forces loyal to South Sudan’s first vice president Taban Deng Gai has accussed the main armed opposition forces under the leadership of the country’s former first vice president Riek Machar of planning to attack areas in the north of the defunct Upper Nile State.
“Through credible sources within Riek Machar camp, we were informed that Gen. Johnson Olony is preparing to attack Kaka and Aburoc in Northern Upper Nile,” Gatluak said.
“General Olony is moving with 16 technical vehicles and 4 APCs. The force is estimated to be around 800 armed men planning to launch a big offensive (military operation),” he said in the statement.
“The operation was planned by SPLA IO forces under control of Gen. Dhilling Keah, Chief of military intelligence and Gen. Duop Lam, Deputy Chief of Staff of SPLA IO,” he allegged.
“CTSAMM and IGAD should take note of this serious development and clear violation of COH. The government will continue to act in self defense and protect citizens and their properties,” he said.