By Tony Lohou
THE bickering between  carriers and defence  forces on  Benin Republic roads, seems to be going in favour of the carriers.  The  head of state, Boni Yayi, last Saturday held a work session  with the factions.

Vanguard understood that at the end of the meeting, the government decided to suspend road checks throughout the country until further notice.

Faced with the discontent of carriers, who are angered by  frequent checks by government forces, the president said   until further notice, all checkpoints are suspended. Boni Yayi’s decision was made public last Saturday, according to a statement from the Minister for the Interior, Simplice DossouCodjo.

Carriers said they wanted obedience to a decree that prohibits extortion which they said police and gendarmes subject them.  Ministerial Decree No. 0525 / MISPC / SP-C of September 6, 2014 which suspends the roadside checks throughout the nation until further notice, does not exclude any control on roads.

For other types of controls ,it requires screeners to provide badges clearly indicating the nature of the transaction and the service bulletin signed by their supervisor.

Similarly, security searches and patrols  will continue to ensure the safety of people and their property. This is essentially the decision after the meeting with the head of state.

The directors general of the National Police and the Gendarmerie were therefore instructed to ensure strict compliance with this measure to suspend checkpoints.

CAF suspends junior team for two years!

ALTHOUGH the CAF  announced a few days ago that Benin would not be sanctioned by CAF, as  following actions against the young players of Benin. The body delivered its final verdict weekend. The sentence was heavy and difficult to swallow because CAF suspended the cadets Squirrels for two years.

In recent years, Benin Football Federation has often shown class with its very smart and clever player recruitments. A few cases abound but were often veiled. The few cases exposed were sometimes cleverly managed. This was one of the few times that the punishment befell the football world at the national level.

According to the decision of the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, four players were earlier denied by the commissioner for the match, who also made the report to the body. Malians had focused on a reserve against 13 other players. After investigations, the CAF overturned the reserve carried by the Malian team, but convicted the Beninoise team for fielding four players not qualified in the first leg.

Passports of the players

Under the provisions of the  CAF, only players born on January 1, 1998 or later, are allowed to play. But on the passports of the players involved, it’s was not so. Indeed, Aron Ibiola born December 10, 1997, Ogoubiyi Oluwa, born October 26,1997, Oreko Evodius, born on December 24,1997 and Amoussou Tony, born on September 19,1997 should not wear the jersey.

In his closing speech, the Benin football body FBF acknowledged wrong doing, adding that the error was due no response   from the CAF on September 02, which regulated age.

But CAF said the federation  indeed received the letter containing the new provisions.

But before the Benin football federation said it got the letter, the CAF sliced and suspended Benin under the provisions.



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