Juba University Lecturer Held For Illegal Entry

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Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police spokesperson says Okeng evaded immigration officials and border security by riding a boda boda motorcyclist.

Charles Okeng Ben, a lecturer of Juba University in South Sudan is in trouble for illegal entry into Uganda. 




Okeng was picked up over the weekend from Padibe Guest House in Kitgum town and locked up at Kitgum Central Police Station.
 
 
He is accused of crossing into Uganda illegally through Ngom Oromo border point, in Lukung sub county Lamwo district. 




Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police spokesperson says Okeng evaded immigration officials and border security by riding a boda boda motorcyclist.


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Magwi County was picked up alongside the motorcycle rider, Johnson Olweny.  He was found in possession of a US travel document Number: P - USA - 45 00 87 30 5 and documents identifying him as US national, Juba University lecturer and a consultant with the British government.
 

According to Okema, Okeng claims he entered Uganda to access Internet connectivity. Lamwo district has four poorly manned border point crossings areas. They are Madi-Opei, Ngom-Oromo, Aweno-Olwiyo and Waligo.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.