Top opposition commander allied to Cirilo arrested in Khartoum

An unidentified SPLA Maj. General (File photo)

February 2nd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A top South Sudanese opposition commander belonging to the National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirilo has been arrested by the Sudanese security in the capital Khartoum, a spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said in a statement on Sunday.

Brigadier General Jamal Juma Adam, the spokesman for the RSF said in the statement seen by Nyamilepedia that Major General Sebit Koang Gai who is responsible for rebel operation in Upper Nile region was arrested at Kalakla trying to buy over 100 military uniforms meant for his forces in Northern Upper Nile.

“On 2/2/2020, the intelligence forces of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) managed to arrest four of the so-called National Salvation Front opposition to the government of South Sudan in the area of ​​Kalakla in Khartoum during the process of buying 150 military clothing (khaki),” General Juma said in the statement.

“After interrogation, one of them, Sebit Koang Gai, said that he is an intelligence officer with the rank of Major General of the National Salvation Front forces opposing the government of South Sudan, led by General Thomas Cirilo.

“Gai explained that he is responsible for leading the opposition forces’ Upper Nile sector, and that he was assigned to obtain 300 military clothing (khaki) from [Sudanese] army for their forces present in the areas of the Upper Nile region, and indicated that an agreement had been reached with members of the RSF to provide the clothes in exchange for a sum of money.

“He also explained that they planned to ship them in the travel carriages through Bara road and from there to the Northern part of Upper Nile and also admitted that, in doing so, they had committed crimes against the laws of the Republic of Sudan.”

The RSF general said the South Sudanese opposition commanders have been charged with breach of security and safety of the Sudanese people, dealing in military equipment, inciting war against the state [of South Sudan], cross-border organized crimes and working to cause tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

He also said the South Sudanese rebel officers violated the sovereignty of the Sudan.

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