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Chadian Rebel Leader Threatens Violence If Russian Mercenaries Come To Mali

Baba Ladde gave a stern warning to prevent a repeat of Russian exactions in the Central African Republic to happen in Mali.

The leader of Chad’s Front Populaire pour le Redressement (FPR), Baba Ladde, has revealed that his colleagues in Mali who signed peace accords with the Malian transitional government have threatened to take up arms once again if the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group intervene in Mali.

In a statement issued in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital on Monday, Sept. 27, Ladde revealed that his Malian colleagues, some of whom are members of the transitional government, have told him that they would pick up arms for three reasons if the Russian mercenaries are allowed into Mali.

According to him, his colleagues believe that Malians would suffer barbarity from the mercenaries and that the Russians would loot Malian natural resources. He added that they would be supporting the Central African Republic victims of Wagner.

“The FPR of General Baba Ladde salutes this international solidarity. We call on all Peuls, the friends of Peuls or simply those attached to human rights to mobilise against Wagner,” the statement reads.

“All Central African Republic communities are victims of barbaric exactions of Wagner mercenaries but particularly the Moslems and, very particularly, Peul civilians. The Peul civilians in the Central African Republic are being massacred with the general indifference of the world.”

He stated that his people “have to all mobilise in order to halt these crimes against humanity … We condemn Hassan Bouba, a son of the FPR who has chosen to be an accomplice to the massacre of his people for some bank notes given him by illegitimate president Touadera.”

The FPR leader also condemned the comportment of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad popularly known by the French acronym FACT rebel group, which he said, is being attacked by their former patron Khalifa Hafter.

“Propagandists of this movement falsely accuse France of intervention whereas Wagner helps Hafter but they are silent on the role of the Wagner mercenaries because for several months now, FACT hopes to obtain aid from the Russians in order to take over power in Chad,” the statement further reveals.

“In Libya, the men of FACT are being killed by their former colleagues of Wagner, in the Central African Republic, Chadian civilians are being massacred by these same mercenaries but they also hope for an alliance with the Russians.”

“FACT pretends it wants democracy but Wagner will not ally with a rebellion if they are not certain that a dictator will be installed who would allow them to loot resources.”

“The FPR will never abandon its people to be massacred every day. The combat is totally against the mercenaries of Wagner and the local allies of these barbarians.”

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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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