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Central African Republic: Russian Mercenary Accused Of Atrocities In Paova Repatriated To Bangui

the head of Wagner Security in the Central African Republic has rejected all accusations against their mercenaries.

A Russian mercenary of the Wagner Security Group who heads the Wagner operations in Paoua and who has been accused of several atrocities in the town has been removed and repatriated to the Central African Republic capital, Bangui.

Tintin Alkato, the Russian Mercenary has been fingered in a number of atrocities including hold-ups in business premises and individual houses. 

According to local sources, Alkato has been boasting that he is the junior brother of Valery Zakharov, the Security Adviser to President Faustin Archange Touadera.

“The local authorities here have for several weeks now been expressing their discontent with the behavior of the Alkato and have even written to the Wagner authorities in Bangui to no avail,” a community leader told HumAngle. 

Meanwhile, Alexandre Ivanov, who is the head of Wagner Security in the Central African Republic has rejected all accusations against their mercenaries including Tintin Alkato.

However, due to the rising tension within the community in Paoua following the atrocious activities of Alkato, the Russians were compelled to repatriate him to Bangui where the bulk of the Russian mercenary detail is based.

Despite the withdrawal of the accused Russian Mercenary from Paoua, new atrocities attributed to the mercenaries were reported on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in localities on the periphery of Paoua notably in the villages of Bebingui, Bemaide 2, Bedaya 2, Bengatoko and Yene.

The same localities last week were subjected to exactions by armed individuals eventually identified as pertaining to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

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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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