The government has embarked on a disarmament campaign in Juba in a bid to recover illegal weapons and boost security, said Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)acting spokesman on Friday.
This directive comes in the wake of escalating insecurity and rampant killings and clashes between government forces and armed bandits at night in the city, which have led to several deaths since Dec. 2013.
“The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) with other members of organized forces have begun an operation of collecting illegal firearms from civilians in Juba,” Col. Dominic Santos, the acting army spokesperson said.
Dominic said they believe there is a huge amount of illegal firearms in the wrong hands in the city, which has seen a rise in robberies and attacks from armed bandits.
He said the army will not hesitate to use “necessary force” if necessary.