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Chadian Commission Recovers 316 Arms From Civilians After Sandana Killings

The Chad gov’t set up a Commision of inquiry to investigate a retaliatory massacre in the Moyen-Chari province of the country, with Ministers mandated to carry out on-the-spot assessments.

The Commission of inquiry set up by the Chadian gov’t to investigate and disarm civilians following the killing of at least 10 persons in Sandana village in the Moyen-Chari province of Chad on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, has recovered 316 arms from different localities in the Moyen-Chari province.

The 10 persons killed on Feb. 10 were in retaliation for the alleged killing of a herdsman on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Sandana village.

The Commission revealed that 52 arms were seized from Koumogo and Sandana villages, 93 from Djekedjeke, Dadbian and Danamadj, 67 from Sarh Centre, 23 from Roro, 73 from Moissala, and eight from Beboro. 

These numbers were despite 200 arms seized earlier and sent to N’Djamena the Chadian capital.

“The presentation of these arms does not signify the end of the investigations. The investigations will not stop, they will continue,” said Mahamat Bechir Cherif Daoussa, the Minister of Territorial Development and Decentralisation.

“For now, all those implicated either closely or from a distance in these painful events have been arrested and they will answer for their deeds before judicial authorities.”

Following the Feb. 10 massacre, the Chadian government dispatched a ministerial delegation comprising the Ministers of Interior, Justice, Territorial Administration, and Communication to Sandana on Saturday, Feb. 12, to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the volatile situation that ensued.

The delegation listened to the concerns of the local population, most of whom were of the opinion that the perpetrators of the massacre received support from local administrative authorities. 

They called on the government to sack the provincial governor of Moyen-Chari and the commander of the gendarmerie brigade and commissioner of police for Sandana.

Three days of mourning were declared in N’Djamena the capital and Sarh, the chief town of Moyen-Chari province.

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