Monday, March 16, 2020

Violent clashes reported between police and motorcycle taxis in Ngaoundéré

After the handover unilaterally by the mayor of the city of Ngaoundéré, motorcycles seized by the police forces from their beneficiaries, the Governor decides to launch an operation to recover said vehicles. Race results, several motorcycles stopped hence the anger of the drivers of two-wheeled vehicles.

It is a scene of rare violence that takes place this Monday, March 16 at the esplanade of the Central Police Station of the Regional Delegation of National Security for Adamawa. Faced with the crowd of motorcycle taxi drivers who came to claim their motorbikes and the release of their comrades arrested on the night of Sunday, March 15 to Monday, the police used to shoot in the air to disperse the crowd. To respond to the demonstration which won several crossroads in the city of Ngaoundéré, the police used tear gas to disperse the motorcycle taximen. 

It all started with the unilateral decision of the new mayor of the city of Ngaoundéré to return to their owner, the motorcycles parked at the headland of the urban community which were seized in the context of non-compliance with the traffic ban measure motorbike between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., set up by the governor. Having been brought to the scent of the gesture of the city's first magistrate, the governor of Adamawa surrounded by his staff will conduct an operation to recover the returned motorcycles. Assessment of this muscular outing, a hundred motorbikes seized and refractory drivers arrested and thrown in cell. 

It is full of anger that they invaded and besieged this morning the premises of the Police demanding the return of their motorcycles and the release of their arrested comrades. The city center, the scene of clashes between the police and the demonstrators, is under heavy police mobilization. Several shots are fired in the air and a significant use of tear gas is made by the Police. The Prefect of La Vina and the sub-prefects of the two districts of the urban perimeter came down to the scene.

"We do not go after the symbols of the state with impunity, it is not acceptable, we will restore order and force must return to the law", 

Fritz Dikosso Seme, Prefect of the Vina