National Security Minister Orders soldiers out of Check Points
By Morris Dogga
The Minister of National Security Gen. Obote Mamur Mete has ordered the National Security Service and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to withdraw from all check points in Wau State.
“I don’t want to see an army man standing at the check point. If there is a check point it is only the work of the police or the custom officers. It is not the work of the army and the national security,” he said.
He made the remark last Friday during the inauguration of the national security regional headquarters in Wau state..
Gen. Mamur directed the director of the national security for Wau State to immediately execute the orders, adding that national security officers were only to complement the work of police service when they were needed.
He said it was very unfortunate that the soldiers were now the one indulging in even collecting money from the check points.
“That act must stop from today,” he added.
In the past the United Nation Agencies and other humanitarian agencies have complained about the roadblocks that hindered the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The humanitarian agencies say movement of humanitarian relief aid to some parts of the country was being hampered by extortionists at roadblocks.
President Salva Kiir issued similar orders for the removal of all check points to allow humanitarian agencies deliver services.