In a successful operation on Tuesday this week, law enforcement authorities apprehended five individuals believed to be notorious gang members, along with four women suspected of practicing witchcraft, in the Gumbo Sherikat Residential area of Juba.
“We apprehended five notorious suspected gangsters and women from a witchcraft den at Gumbo Sherikat Residential area on Tuesday,” a statement published on the police official Facebook page read.
During the operation, the suspects were found in possession of various dangerous objects, including pangas, knives, as well as illicit substances such as opium, iced, and marijuana. The individuals suspected of practicing witchcraft were found in possession of items commonly associated with sorcery and hoodoos.
The police said, “The suspects were arrested in possession of harmful objects like pangas, knives and drugs like opium, iced, and marijuana and the witchcraft den is having sorcerer or hoodoos.”
This significant arrest results from the diligent efforts of the police force in their ongoing mission to uphold law and order in Juba. They say apprehending these individuals and seizing the harmful objects and substances is a crucial step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of residents.
Members of the public say that the move which they attribute to the newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Atem Marol, is positive.
“My cousin was brutally killed by those gangsters earlier this year in August in Gumbo Sherikat,” Moses Ejidio recounts adding that the police had done nothing to bring them to account.
Deng Atem commends the development as positive “so far”. “The police institution is gaining respect and popularity from the public once again. Congratulations to the team working behind the scenes tirelessly without fear or favour,” he said.
The investigation into the activities of the alleged gang members and the suspected witchcraft practitioners is currently ongoing. The police say they are working tirelessly to gather evidence and build a strong case against the suspects, with the aim of bringing them to justice and preventing any further harm.
The law enforcement agencies encourage residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to them.