South Sudan’s National Security Services and the Internal Security Bureau issued a joint statement on Friday, denying the arrest of Larson Angok, a musician who disappeared into thin air in Wau last week, sparking speculation on Facebook.
In a statement, the office of the NSS warned members of the public and individuals against engaging in false accusations with the aim of tainting the image of the National Security Services.
“This press statement is to clear out the misinformation and inform the general public that—the National Security Services and Internal Security Bureau have nothing to do with the arrest and detention of the artist [Larson Angok] as widely claimed.”
“Misinformation issued by negative personalities and [anyone] or any group of people who blatantly engages in defamation of the NSS shall be punished in accordance with relevant laws of the country.”
Larson Angok was arrested in the capital, Wau, by a group of security personnel who initially appeared to be members of the National Security Services, but all the security agencies denied responsibility.
According to his family, Angok was accused of composing controversial songs of a political nature and opposing policies of the SPLM.