JUBA – A group of unknown criminals has broken into the office of the new mayor of Juba City, just one week after controversial Kalisto Ladu was surprisingly removed by Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony as the Juba mayor, a senior state government official said.
“There was a criminal activity at the office of the Mayor of Juba City last Monday. The criminals broken into the office and stole some money and computers and also some important documents,” the state official who requested not to be named said in Juba this evening.
“Then, we came in the morning and the guards did not also noticed that something was wrong until we entered the offices and a lot of things ranging from computers to dollars and computers were not there,” he added.
CES governor orders investigation
In reaction, the governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state, Emmanuel Adil Anthony, has ordered Central Equatoria state minister of local government and law enforcement to prove the criminal activity with immediate effect.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed mayor of Juba City Council, Michael Lado Thomas Allah-Jabu on Wednesday, Anthony directed Moro Isaac Genesio, the minister, to spearhead the investigation.
“The information I got on Monday. You the minister of law government (Moro Isaac Genesio) I want this incident to be investigated. I hear the office of mayor has been broken into and this is criminal acts,” Anthony said.
Governor Anthony said raiding the mayor’s office is a matter of security concern to the state authority.
“This is a security matter and I want this issue to be investigated. I want to know what purpose of breaking into the office of mayor is and I want all those who have done this must be brought to account,” he said.
He said the perpetrators should face the wrath of the law.
“This is a very big crime. This is the office of the government, those protecting it and others must tell us who this thing happened and I want the report about this,” he said.
He urged the new mayor to relocate to another office to give space for investigation.
“I would like to advise the mayor to leave the crime scene and operate from other offices, and if the investigation is complete, you will go back to your office,” he said
Central Equatoria state governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony has ordered probe into the theft and urged the newly-appointed Juba Mayor to relocate to another office to enable to the investigation.