South Sudan Authorities Release Six Ugandans Arrested for Illegal Logging

Authorities in South Sudan have released six Ugandans who were arrested in Magwi County Eastern Equatorial for illegal logging.

The six are Richard Otto, Gaetano John Bosco Ouma, Michael Onono, Richard Ocaya, Geoffrey Onen and Geoffrey Kilama, all residents of Okidi North Village in Attiak Sub County Amuru district.

They were arrested on Tuesday last week while reportedly found cutting trees in Magwi County and later detained by the army.

However, the six were released last Tuesday after one week in detention and handed over to the Ugandan authorities following negotiation between the countries led by Amuru Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Geoffrey Osborn Oceng and his South Sudanese counterpart David Otto, the Commissioner for Magwi County.

Oceng said on Tuesday evening that upon release the six recorded statements at Elegu police station in Uganda and later handed over to their relatives.

The security in Uganda have equally commenced investigation against the six on how they accessed the South Sudan territory and their motives.

Oceng noted that the release of the six Ugandans is a means of strengthening relationships between the two countries.