the lynching of three officials is causing a stir

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On Friday, August 27, three officials were lynched by an angry mob in southwestern Burkina Faso. Their 4×4 vehicle had hit a child. On Sunday, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré spoke.

The Burkinabè president, personally, reacted this Sunday, August 30. “While I regret that a child died in an accidental death in the town of Banlo (Bouroum-Bouroum municipality), I strongly condemn the barbaric murder of the motor vehicle control center agents involved in the car accident,” explained Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. This murder “from another time,” he added, “has no place in the Republic.”

On Friday, August 27, three CCVA agents returned from a mission carried out in Gaoua and drove towards Ouagadougou, the capital. In the village of Banlo, their vehicle crashes fatally into a ten-year-old child. When the police arrive, the child’s body is lifeless. “The furious population”, in words in the prosecutor’s statement, blocked the traffic and the vehicle was damaged. Even according to the prosecutor, mobile phones were found in the car, but no traces of the occupants.

“In such circumstances, the perpetrator generally fled the accident to take refuge in the nearest police station or gendarmerie. We therefore urged the police commissioner to have the vehicle involved in the accident towed in order to deposit it at the police station while waiting for the owner to arrive, ”the press release from the prosecutor in Faso continues.

“Finally, it was around 03.00 that the Boroum-Boroum police commissioner informed us that he had been contacted by the village’s development adviser for Banlo.” According to the information transmitted, the Commissioner notes the presence of the three bodies in a maize field. A team from the Gaoua Public Prosecutor’s Office, in the presence of forensic police and medical personnel, was dispatched to the scene early Saturday morning.

Two people arrested An investigation was launched into the traffic accident that caused the child’s death and the three police officers’ deaths. Two people suspected of participating in lynching were arrested. The prosecutor in Faso, Gaoua, recalls that “in any case, forgiveness and tolerance must go beyond all forms of revenge and private justice that are likely to call into question the values ​​of living together and the principles of social cohesion.”

Eight deputies from southwestern Burkina Faso signed a declaration published on Sunday. They offer their condolences to the parents “to all the victims of this tragedy” and strongly condemn the lynching of the three agents. “We, the national elected representatives in the southwest, will not spare any effort to contribute together with administrative authorities and mayors of the region to a fundamental change of mentality. No one has the right to do justice to himself under the rule of law. ”

“How many more Banlo will stop the lynching to death?” asks Burkinabè magazine Wakat Sera in an editorial.

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