N’DJAMENA, 28 february 2021 – At least two people were killed when Chadian security forces tried to arrest the opposition leader Yaya Dillo at his home in the capital, N’Djamena.
Dillo immediately contradicted the death toll, telling reporters that five members of his family had been killed in the raid, including his mother.
The information has not been independently confirmed.
A spokesperson for the Chadian government claimed that government forces executing an arrest warrant on the opposition leader came under fire from Dillo’s home and opened fire in self-defense.
Human rights activists, members of Dillo’s family and the Africa Freedom Network sgtringer in N’Djamena have called the account by security forces as “totally fabricated”.
Internet service was shut off in N’Djamena Sunday.
Dillo is running against Chadian President Idriss Deby in presidential elections next April.
In 2016, Dillo led an armed insurrection against the regime of President Idriss Deby Itno before joining his government.
When Deby runs next April 10 for reelection, he will be seeking a record five consecutive terms in office ever since he seized power in a coup d’Etat in 1990.