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Gendarmerie Brigade Commander In Hospital After Brutality By Central African Republic Soldiers

Behaviours like this have often been attributed to Russian allies and it is a surprise to CAR citizens

The Commander of the Carnot Gendarmerie brigade in the Central African Republic was Thursday, July 15, 2021 severely brutalised by soldiers of the national army popularly known as FACA.

According to eyewitness accounts, the commander was brutalised for having refused to give his motorbike to FACA soldiers who claimed they wanted it for an urgent mission.

The Director General of the Central African Republic national gendarmerie has described the incident as “very serious” and called for an immediate investigation to bring the perpetrators of the offense to book.

The commander, whose names were not immediately revealed, is currently receiving treatment in the Carnot hospital.

For the local population, this kind of treatment is rare within the ranks of the FACA soldiers and is always attributed to the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group.

“This incident demonstrates how the despicable behaviour of the Russian mercenaries working together with the FACA soldiers has perverted the mentality of our national army,” said a civil society activist who declined to reveal his identity for fear of reprisals.

“Besides not being efficient in the fight against rebel forces, these criminal soldiers have now turned their anger against their colleagues of the gendarmerie and police, including civilians.”

“Hold ups, rape, sexual aggression and other misdemeanors have become their daily stock in trade instead of protecting the populations for whom they are paid with our tax money.” 

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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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