Yaya Dillo tells reporters his mom and son have been amongst 5 of his relations killed when safety forces raided his house in N’Djamena.

A former insurgent chief and candidate in Chad’s upcoming presidential election has stated that safety forces raided his house within the capital N’Djamena and killed a number of of his relations.

Yaya Dillo informed France’s RFI radio station he was attacked early on Sunday by members of the presidential guard, headed by the son of Chadian President Idriss Deby.

“At 5 within the morning, they attacked my house. The president’s guard… They killed my mother, my son and three [other relatives],” he stated.

A authorities assertion stated the raid was an operation to arrest Dillo, whom it stated failed to reply to two judicial mandates.

It stated authorities forces opened hearth after being met with armed resistance. Two folks have been killed and 5 wounded within the ensuing struggle, together with three policemen, it stated.

Netblocks, a UK-based service that tracks web disruptions, reported that web entry in N’Djamena was disrupted on Sunday.

Dillo stated his home has been surrounded by authorities forces because the incident.

 

Dillo is a proper insurgent chief who fought towards Deby in 2006 earlier than becoming a member of his authorities and changing into a minister. Extra not too long ago, he served as Chad’s consultant to the Central African Financial and Financial Group (CEMAC).

He’s one in every of 16 individuals who have introduced they may run towards Deby in April’s election.

Deby, who has been in energy since 1990, pushed by way of a brand new structure in 2018 that reinstated time period limits however might let him keep in energy till 2033.

A whole lot took to the streets earlier this month to protest his candidacy within the upcoming election.

Deby has confronted strikes and protests lately over financial woes attributable to low oil costs and armed rebellions within the north, however has drawn on his efficient management of state media and establishments to take care of political dominance.

Chad is a key ally of Western nations within the struggle towards armed teams in West and Central Africa.