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TONJ - 31 Jan 2018

More than 1,000 firearms collected in Gogrial state

The head of security and disarmament committee in Bahr el Ghazal region under the state of emergency declared by President Kiir last year, says they have collected more than 1,000 firearms from civilians in Gogrial State.

Tonj State governor Aketch Tong Aleu told Radio Tamazuj on Monday that the committee has wrapped up the disarmament exercise in Gogrial although some individuals have hidden their guns. But he added that even those hidden arms will be collected.

Tong revealed that the main logistical challenge they faced was feeding, as it was difficult to provide food to the officers in field.

President Kiir last year declared a state of emergency in Gogrial, some parts of Tonj, Wau and Aweil East states largely due to rampant insecurity.