Ex-NBGS youth leader nabbed at Juba airport

Ex-NBGS youth leader nabbed at Juba airport
Former Chairperson of NBGS youth union, Tito Awen Bol, addresses gatherings in a certain event. [Photo: courtesy ]

The former Chairperson of the Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Youth Union Tito Awen was allegedly arrested by the state government at Juba International Airport on Tuesday while travelling to Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking to The City Review over the phone, Malual Santino, a family member, confirmed that Mr. Awen was arrested in the morning hours while boarding a flight to Nairobi.

 Santino said Awen was arrested by a close relative of the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Tong Akeen Ngor, who is working at Juba International Airport.

“Bol Lual was sent by Governor Tong to arrest Tito Awen because yesterday he (Awen) was having a case with the NBGS State Coordinator, Mr. Aluong Matem,” Santino alleged.

“I would like to call upon the state government to allow youth to walk freely in the state and everywhere without arresting them anyhow. A state cannot be a state without youth,” Santino added.   

However, the Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Coordinator, Mr. Aluong Matem, denied the state government’s involvement in the arrest, claiming that the arrest of the former youth leader was a personal case between him and Lual.  

According to Matem, the arrest of the former NBGS Youth leader was ignited by the threatening words he used against the man who arrested him.

On Monday, the former chairperson of Northern Bahr el Ghazal Youth Union Mr. Tito Awen shared a legal petition document stating that the union had filed a case against the state government over interference in the youth affairs.

He alleged that the union had filed a legal suit against the state government in the person of its Governor, Tong Akeen Ngor.

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