Forces deployed to restore order in Nimule

The government of Eastern Equatoria state said forces have been deployed in restive Nimule border town to restore calm following the weekend’s protests by locals.

Angry demonstrators barricaded Nimule road on Saturday and Sunday after the killing of a local chief.

Chief John Ebele of Mugali Payam was killed by an assailant in Nimule, state officials said.

Earlier, two dead bodies of young men were found in Mugali Payam.

The commissioner of police in eastern equatorial Maj. Gen. James Monday Enoka said forces have been deployed to calm the situation.

Earlier today in a press statement, The state governor, Louis Lobong Lojore said the victims were allegedly slaughtered by armed cattle keepers from Jonglei state who are roaming the area.

These killings sparked protest with locals blocking the road with burnt tires.

Lobong condemned the killings and called for restraint.

He said a joint security team has been deployed to restore order.