Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Geoffrey Orsbon Oceng has said that South Sudan Authorities have agreed to release six Uganda nationals who were arrested on Tuesday on allegations of illegal tree cutting in parts of Magwi County.
It was earlier reported that four local farmers from Okidi North village, Okidi Parish in Atiak Sub county, Amuru district were arrested by South Sudan army but the number of those arrested was later found to be six.
They have been identified as Michael Onono 48, Geoffrey Onen 42, John Bosco Ouma Gaetano 33, Geoffrey Kilama 32, Richard Ocaya 29 and Richard Otto 28.
During a security meeting between Amuru and South Sudan officials at Nimule in Magwi County, Eastern Equatorial on Thursday, March 21, the South Sudan government agreed to release the Ugandan nationals.
Oceng, the Amuru RDC said that, David Otto- the Commissioner Magwi County revealed to the meeting that six Ugandans would be released after consultations with top security officials.
An earlier report said the farmers were arrested from their gardens but Oceng says the South Sudanese army told him that the locals were found cutting timber in South Sudan territory and their vehicle Reg. number UBE 379G was impounded.