JUBA – South Sudan’s National Security Service has detained a senior member of the country’s main armed opposition Sudan people’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) in Western Bahr el Ghazal state’s capital Wau.
According to his wife Farida Francis, Brigadier-General Oliver Vilario Osman of the Western Bahr el Ghazal Lions of the SPLA-IO, went missing after leaving the house on Wednesday morning in Wau town.
“A while after he left, I received a phone call that he had been arrested. He was taken by a group of people and we don’t know his whereabouts yet,” the wife said in an interview with Radio Tamazuj.
“Since yesterday, Tuesday, his phone has been switched off, and we went to the headquarters of the security to find out his whereabouts, but they said they did not know his whereabouts,” she adds.
For his part, SPLA-IO commander Brigadier General Charles Louis Juma said the opposition commander was arrested at midnight in Wau by members of the National Security Service and said they still remain not informed of reasons behind his arrest.
“We do not know the reason for his arrest. What happened is that a lieutenant named Fasco Michael, of the National Security, met Brigadier General Oliver, inside the forex bureau in the market, and the lieutenant took the brigadier to an unknown place,” he said.
“We are partners in the peace agreement, and they had to inform the party to which officer Oliver Osman belongs if there was a problem because he is a member of the movement. How Oliver was arrested is illegal and it affects the agreement because it is unethical,” Charles said.
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