Police arrest two soldiers taped in criminal action by city cameras

Police arrest two soldiers taped in criminal action by city cameras

The Inspector General of Police Gen Atem Marol said the police arrested two soldiers who were randomly shooting at unarmed members of the public in Juba’s Gumbo estate.

Gen. Atem told the media in a press conference on Wednesday that the two soldiers were captured by the closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance camera while in action.

 “We arrested two people who are now in prison…they were captured inside Shirkat. They were actually shooting people around; there was a pistol; and they confessed that all of them are soldiers,” he said.

According to Atem, the CCTV camera is covering 11 big areas in Juba, and plans are underway to increase their capacity to cover other parts of Juba to fight crime.

“The CCTV cameras cover around 11 stations in Juba, but the rest of the areas are not covered because the capacity of the cameras we have cannot even cover Juba; but we have very big areas.”

Atem stated that police normally apprehend criminals in those big areas covered by the camera, adding that the government is working on improvements.

“These are the areas where sometimes we used to capture criminals…we working so that we can increase the capacity of the cameras to cover all of Juba.”

According to Atem, the government is working hard to deal with anybody committing crime in the country since crime cannot be fought off completely.

“We cannot say that crime cannot be there; we have to minimize it. So what we are doing now is minimizing through the camera. If people commit a mistake or crime in the area where they used to be captured, it is simple,” he said.

Early this year, the ministry of interior reinstalled the security cameras on the streets of Juba to monitor and trace criminal activities in the city. This was in relation to the 2017 move by President Salva Kiir to launch surveillance drones and 150 cameras in 11 different locations of the capital, Juba.

In recent months, scores of people were killed in Juba, motorcycles were robbed, individuals’ valuables were snatched, and homes were attacked at night.

The cameras will enable the police to follow whatever happens on the roads while sitting in the office, with the aim of monitoring criminal movements or activities across the national capital.

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“The CCTV cameras cover around 11 stations in Juba, but the rest of the areas are not covered because the capacity of the cameras we have cannot even cover Juba; but we have very big areas.”- Gen Atem Marol (Inspector General of Police)

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