CTSAMVM asks Futuyo to track phone number of missing priest, driver

CTSAMVM asks Futuyo to track phone number of missing priest, driver
WES Governor Alfred Futuyo is facing probable impeachment motion if he defies the RTNLA summons again. [File, The City Review]

Pressure is now piling on the government of Western Equatoria State to track the phone numbers of the missing priest and his driver to find the leads about their whereabouts and rescue.  

Speaking after a meeting attended by high-ranking officials and security forces at Sunset Hotel in Tombura, the representative of CTSAMVM Maj. Sam Kamuntu, said the state government should track the numbers of the mobile phone numbers of the duo.

He also acknowledged the efforts made by the state governor, Afred Futuyo, in improving security through bold steps such as the planned relocation of SPLA-IO forces to the Maridi training centre for the unification process.

“The governor agreed to deploy SSPDF at Boo bridge at the border of Western Bahr-el-Ghazal and Western Equatoria State, following a request to restore peace in Greater Tombura counties,” Maj. Kamuntu said.

The deputy commander of the joint forces in Western Equatoria State, Maj. Gen. David Adol said there is a need for the community to team up with the security forces to weed out criminal elements in their midst.   

“We have tried our best but all in vain. Communities here can’t help even if they see a perpetrator; they will not tell you. We have visited the place twice, nothing,” he lamented.

He also urged the government to leverage security channels to trace the missing priest and his driver’s phone number.

“The priest had an affair with someone’s wife, and it was settled at the priesthood level. After hearing that, we arrested the husband and his wife, and the investigation is still ongoing,” he added.

He denied the allegations that the forces beat the suspect to death in Ezo County.

However, he maintained that there was substantial progress in disarming the region, with 900 guns voluntarily surrendered and 65 suspects arrested.

“Ten suspects with minor cases have been released, and the suspect who died in Ezo identified as Mr. Justin Peter Bigamo testified that he killed the daughter of a County Police inspector. He was arrested and brought to the cell where he died alone; he was not killed by the soldiers” he noted, underscoring the complexity of restoring peace in Tombura, Nagero, and Ezo counties.