3 Central African Republic Soldiers To Face Punishment For Killing Peul Herdsman

The three soldiers are accused of killing a herder in Central African Republic and stealing his money during a weekly market.

Three soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, are to be punished for being responsible for the recent death of a Peul herdsman in Ngaguene village, military sources revealed.

The colonel in charge of the military unit that committed the crime would also be punished for incompetence.

According to senior military sources in Bangui the capital, the three accused soldiers were the ones who killed the herder, and robbed him of one million FCFA (about $2,000), while the third soldier is accused of watching his colleagues commit the offences without intervening.

Col. Maxime Kopidou, the leader of the military detachment that committed the murder, will be punished for repeated incompetence and for not managing his team well.

The Central African Republic military hierarchy is currently deliberating on the issue and a final decision is due to be arrived at before Saturday, May 21, 2022, FACA sources told HumAngle on condition of anonymity.

On Thursday, May 12, 2022 during the weekly market of Ngaguene village, a locality situated 30 km from Bouar on the Niem highway, a Peul herdsman was killed in by FACA soldiers and the sum of one million FCFA was stolen from his corpse.

The crime angered the local population that they decided to report the matter to the military authorities in Bouar who have now decided to take action.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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