Police detain another Tong Akeen Ngor critic, accusing him of criticizing the governor for failing to provide concrete achievements in the state.
The Northern Bahr el Ghazal State police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested one of their officers on Monday for repeatedly criticizing state governor Tong Akeen Ngor on social media and at public gatherings.
Capt. Guot Guot Akol, the police spokesperson for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, explained in a Radio Tamazuj report obtained by NCMP that police officer Alou Abik Abik had indeed been detained for political activity.
“The arrest is connected to his political activities. I have not directly asked him about it, but he is a police officer assigned to the Criminal Investigations Department. The investigators will produce sufficient clear evidence,” Capt. Akol stated.
According to Bona Bak Apeny, a critic of Governor Akeen Ngor, the police officer was detained after criticizing the governor for failing to achieve tangible results in the state. He clarified that Abik was exercising his rights as a member of the SPLM youth league, not as a police officer, and chastised the governor for pressuring people to love him despite his poor performance.
“Alou Abik was arrested on the state governor’s orders. The governor complains that Alou criticizes his administration while he (Alou) is a police officer, but in reality, he is not only a police officer but also a member of the state SPLM youth league. He criticizes the governor on social media and in public spaces, claiming that he is doing nothing to improve the state,” Apeny said.
According to a sister-in-law of the detained police officer who requested anonymity, the former had committed no crime and was arrested by his superiors on Governor Tong Akeen’s orders.
“I heard from him (Alou) that his senior officers or their commissioner directed him to enter the jail in accordance with the governor’s orders,” she stated. I visited him this morning and discovered that no investigations had been conducted and that we still have no idea what is going on.”
Tong Akeen, the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, recently arrested social activist Samuel Garang and later sued him for defamation. On 28 June, a court in Aweil town found the activist guilty and sentenced him to eight months in prison and 2 million SSP in restitution.