10-year jail sentence awaits illegal firearm holders in Tonj North

10-year jail sentence awaits illegal firearm holders in Tonj North
A paramount chief of Ajak-leer Madhiath Payam signs the deal. [Photo: NPS]

Local chiefs in Rualbet and Madhiath payams in Tonj North County signed commitment and clearance documents with a high-level security committee headed by Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Santino Deng Wol, on Sunday.

In a statement disclosed by the South Sudan Police Service yesterday, the traditional chiefs from the two aforementioned areas vowed to deal with whoever is found in possession of firearms.

According to the document, any civilian found with firearms shall be imprisoned for a period not less than 10 years or forcefully recruited into the army.

Other members of the high-level security presence during the signing ceremony were Inspector General Police Gen. Majak Akech Malok and Director General of the Internal Security Bureau, Gen Akol Koor Kuc.

This follows after the chiefs voluntarily handed over more than 600 AK 47 rifles and PKM and recovered 121 stolen cattle within Tonj North County. The cattle were retrieved from the communities.

The signing was witnessed by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Santino Deng Wol, and the Acting Commissioner of Tonj North County, Bak Ajuot Kuot, at Rualbet Payam.

In late June, about 18 SSPDF soldiers were killed following clashes with armed rustlers in Tonj, North County of Warrap State.

The deadly violence erupted in Rualbet Payam when the soldiers tried to pursue armed youth in an attempt to retrieve the 125 cattle raided from a neighbouring payam within Tonj North County.

This prompted President Salva Kiir to dispatch a high-level security committee to the area.

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