“The negligence and responsibility of the authorities are obvious”

“The negligence and responsibility of the authorities are obvious”
“The negligence and responsibility of the authorities are obvious”

A fire which ignited a Chadian army ammunition depot and caused explosions on the night of June 18 to 19, 2024 in Ndjamena left at least 9 dead and 46 injured, according to the government. For Mahamat Nour Ibedou, a figure in civil society, this catastrophe could have been avoided: “ With the expansion of the city, the depot found itself somewhat within an urban perimeter. And, normally, this was a situation that could be avoided. We should have moved it a little further away. »

At Chad, what responsibilities and what lessons can we draw from the fire at the Goudji powder magazine which left at least 9 dead and 46 injured on the night of June 18 to 19, 2024? The government promised that the investigation “ would locate the responsibilities » and would allow “ to take action ” in order to ” don’t relive this phenomenon again “.

A figure in civil society, human rights defender Mahamat Nour Ibedou recalls that there were precedents and that the State had not acted. He is also concerned about the multiple military camps and potential weapons storage sites in the city, including in the presidency, and therefore asks the authorities to move them outside the cities to ensure the safety of the population.

The same depot had already caught fire »

Mahamat Nour Ibedou recalls: “ There have been other events like this. The same depot caught fire in the years 1994-1995, I believe. Nothing had been done. They should have put in all the security guarantees to avoid this kind of thing. It wasn’t done. But the best way would be for us to move it. »

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