Wani Igga’s Bodyguard among three killed in Lobonok attack.
By David Mono Danga
At least three people were killed and two others injured in an attack on a vehicle in Rajaf County on Wednesday.
According to the Commissioner of Lobonok County, Kose Gworit one of the deceased was identified as First Lieutenant John Jada Wani who worked under the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga’s security team..
He said “the vehicle was travelling to Juba from Lobonok County, eleven miles from Juba City. The deceased were First Lieutenant John Jada, a driver Clement Morbe Phillip and Kolena Poni, a mother three-years-old baby,” said Gworit whose convey scared the attackers when it approached the scene.
The commissioner said the attackers were pursued up to the Nile where their traces disappeared.
According to Gworit, he was travelling back to Lobonok County when they found the casualties whom they rushed back to Juba for medical treatment.
“This week we have been experiencing killings here in Lobonok County. Yesterday at ten O’clock in the morning, a passenger vehicle was traveling to Juba with the Vice President’s First lieutenant, John Jada Wani. They were attacked and three people were killed and two injured. One of the deceased was a woman whose three-year-old child was found unconscious beside year body,” said Commissioner Gworit.
He said it was not the first time his people had been Killed and looted in the area. He said some of the attackers were identified by one of the survivors to be leaving in Konyo-Konyo area.
“These criminals come from the city to loot and kill my people in Lobonok. This is the sad thing that happens to my people every time,” Gworit grieved.
He blamed the attack on child abductors operating in the neighboring community.
“I would like to advice my fellow South Sudanese to stop abducting people’s children, stop looting and killing. Everyone should produce their children. It is not good when you take someone else’s child. You kill the parents and take the child, that is evil,” he added.
However, an anonymous source confided in The Juba Monitor that the attack was carried out by the cattle keepers operating in Rajaf and Lobonok counties.
“I don’t think the ambush was carried out by child abductors because they would have taken the baby. I believe the cattle keepers grazing in the area were the ones who carried the attack on these innocent people,” he said.
“The child abductors don’t leave babies, they would have taken the three-year-old baby found at the scene near the mother,” he added.
Once a symbol of peaceful coexistence between South Sudanese from different origins, the Central Equatoria region has become a scene for massive crimes against civilians. These crimes include; gang rape of women and children, looting of civilian property and at worst assassination of innocent people.
Thousands of civilians leave in fear and millions more have fled, and continue to flee, the region as a result of increasing insecurity in the country, due to a “boom” in the fresh fighting that broke out in Juba in July 2016.