At least 200,000 South Sudanese Pounds were stolen from South Sudan’s Council of States in Juba by criminals on Sunday morning, reports Radio Tamazuj.
The Council of States was established in 2011 by the interim constitution of South Sudan 2011. It is one of the two chambers comprising the National Legislature of South Sudan.
The radio says criminals poisoned three of the security guards by sending some girls to give them drugged food, incapacitating them.
The guards, who were hungry, accepted the food from the girls thinking that they were being generous.
Zacharia Abdalla, one of the security guards who survived the incident, said the girls who assisted the criminals were four in number.
He suspected that the drugs had been in the juice that they were given.
“They were four South Sudanese girls. They came and told Gatkuoth, don’t go for dinner we will bring you food with us. This was at night,” said Abdalla.
Jaden Jada, Acting Speaker of the Council of States, said on Monday that thieves then stormed the Council of States during the early hours of the night on Sunday during a rainstorm.
He acknowledged that the criminals drugged the security guards and then looted the properties inside the council.
Jada said the criminals did not use their guns during the incident.
The guards were taken to Juba Teaching Hospital for treatment and were reported to be in critical condition. One of them passed away