Sad! No statement from South Sudan Gov’t hours after another cleric was shot dead in Torit
A pastor has been shot dead in Torit town by unidentified gunmen. The cleric has been identified as Peter Lokai. The 49-year-old served at the African Inland Church in Torit.
Last month, the Bishop-elect of Rumbek Diocese became the latest victim of armed assailants who shot him in both legs while at his residence in Rumbek town.
On 26th April 2021, almost 24 hours after the event, the Presidency released a statement on the shooting of Bishop-Elect, Rt. Rev. Christian Carlassare in Rumbek by unidentified gunmen. Dozens of people have been arrested and sources in the ongoing police investigation have also suggested that the attempt on the Bishop’s life originated from Juba.
A similar unfortunate and sad event occurred on Tuesday, an unknown killer allegedly lured the pastor out of his house on Tuesday morning, around 1 AM, repeatedly calling his name. They reportedly disguised as people in need of the pastor’s help. No official statement from the government.
According to the Eye Radio report seen by NCMP, the Eastern Equatoria State officials say, Pastor Lokai was shot several times in the chest and leg, the moment he opened the door to his room. He died at Torit hospital less than 30 minutes upon arrival at a hospital. The motive for the killing of the priest is not clear.
The state police spokesperson in the same report said police have launched an investigation into the killing. All the sister security organs – the police, the CID, national security, and the military intelligence – are trying their best to apprehend the criminals.
It is worthy of note that, no arrest has been made. Why would Kiir and his security apparatuses allow men who shoot civilians at will to walk on the street freely?
For this country to prosper, the lawless bloodthirsty youths must be brought to book, conspirators held accountable, rule of law respected.