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A LOCAL CHIEF IN NIMULE TOWN DETAINED BY POLICE IN DEFAMATION CASE TO LAND SOLD TO VP. WANI IGGA

Nimule, 24 August 2020; Police in Nimule have detained one of the local chiefs identified as Chief Alex John Ebele for questioning, according to a source within the police in Nimule who spoke to this publication in the condition of anonymity because of sensitive of the matter said chief Alex John Ebele is the chief of Anzara Boma, in the suburb of Nimule town council. 

The detectives who summoned chief Ebele have kept him for several hours to extract information from him. 

After several hours of questioning at Nimule Police Station, from early hours of Monday morning, chief Ebele was eventually released to go home in the evening. 

The summoning of the chief Ebele came after two individuals identified by the police as Mr. Luka Lowira and Opira Joseph Ganyipira allegedly filed a defamation case against Chief Ebele. The two men accused the chief of implicating their names in illegal sales of community land. 

However, during the questioning, Chief Ebele repeatedly denied he had implicated Lowira and Ganyipira. He challenged the men to produce evidence of their allegation. But the men were not able to produce any evidence. 

On 17 June 2020, South Sudan Liberty has published the names of the two individuals and their two other associates for doing dirty lucrative business of illegal sale of community to land to President Kiir and Vice President James Wani Igga. 

After questioning, Chief Ebele was allowed to go home, and the police filed a case that will be taken to court. 

The summoning of the chief came a week after a brazen move from Vice President Wani Igga started fencing a huge piece of land in Nimule, against the backdrops of community protests, complaints, and dissatisfaction of the shady deal, which many people in Nimule believe, are mainly facilitated by few individuals, chiefs among them are; Lagu Joseph [locally known as Makpwe], Luka Lowira, Ima Joseph, Opira Joseph Ganyipira. 

Efforts by this publication to reach chief Payam administrator of Nimule and area executive director were fruitless as their known phone numbers were switched off at the time of filing this report. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN 

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