Koboko, 15 April 2018; Seven humanitarian organization workers were released on Sunday by armed opposition group under the leadership of the exiled former South Sudanese First Vice President Dr Riek Machar.
The seven Aid workers belong to local SSUHA humanitarian organization, they were detained for security related issue according to Deputy military spokesperson of SPLA-IO. The seven humanitarian workers were released this Sunday morning 15 April 2018 at about 11:30AM. They were released by the SPLA –IO sector commander of Division 2B which based in Yei River State.
Col Lam Gabrial confirmed to this news site that the Aid workers were safely released with three vehicles to a delegation of the UNOCHA along the Uganda border of Koboko, West Nile. The handover facilitation was done in the presence and witnessed by Ugandan police at the border Koboko.
According to Col Lam Paul, the seven Aid workers were detained due to security issues concerning two of their colleagues. Col Lam said the two were discovered to be undercover security agents working for Juba regime. He said the regime intentionally deployed the two spies to carry out hostile surveillance in the territory controlled by armed opposition forces.
He however, said under the directive of the chairman and commander in chief of SPLA-IO, Dr. Riek Machar, all the seven Aid workers were released safely and they are all in good health to the hands of UNOCHA.
Col Lam issued stern warning to all Aid workers to avoid being infiltrated and working for Juba regime in order to avoid any future implication. "The SPLA IO therefore, calls up on all humanitarian agencies to avoid being infiltrated by the regime so that they (regime) gets easy access to SPLA IO controlled areas"