At least two people were killed and five others injured on Sunday in the Chadian capital N’Djamena in crossfire during an attempt to arrest a declared opponent of the April 11 presidential candidate, the government said. in a press release.
“There were two dead and five injured, including three among the police”, during an attempt to arrest the opponent Yaya Dillo Djerou at his home, said Chérif Mahamat Zene, government spokesman.
For now, the identity of the victims has not been confirmed by the authorities. But according to journalist Hawa Séméga, the two victims are Yaya Dillo Djerou’s mother and son.
“The defense and security forces (…) having come under gunfire” coming from the opponent’s home, they “had no choice but to retaliate in self-defense”, he said.
“The government condemns in the strongest terms this armed rebellion in the heart of the capital, which is only an attempt to destabilize state institutions that has been fomented for a long time.”, accused the spokesperson.
During the night, Yaya Dillo, a former rebel leader who became a minister after joining President Idriss Déby Itno, indicated on his Facebook page that his house in N’Djamena was surrounded by the army and the police.
“They just killed my mother and several of my relatives”, he said a few minutes later. “An armored vehicle broke down my main door. The fight for justice must continue to save our country. (…) My dear compatriots, let us stand up!”, he added, in a last post published at daybreak.
This information could not be confirmed from an independent source and the authorities have so far not responded to AFP’s requests. Likewise, by mid-afternoon on Sunday, it was impossible to know if Mr. Dillo had been arrested.
The Internet and telephone networks were very disrupted in N’Djamena. Armored vehicles and soldiers crisscrossed the axes leading to Yaya Dillo’s home, in the Karkadjiye neighborhood, in the commune of the 5th arrondissement, AFP noted.
Mr. Dillo is under two arrest warrants, after being targeted by a complaint for defamation and insults against the First Lady Hinda Déby Itno. He had notably denounced an agreement signed between the wife of the Head of State and the government as part of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
“Following a systematic refusal for 48 hours by Mr. Yaya Dillo, supported by a group of armed people, to respond to two judicial warrants”, this one “sharply challenged the authority of the state by opposing armed resistance”, justified the spokesperson of the government.