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Koui People Of Central African Republic Cry Out Over Russian Mercenaries’ Excesses

Asides allegedly ransacking the house of the town’s late Sultan Mayor several times, the mercenaries have also taken to human right violations.

The Central African Republic people of Koui have called on the international community and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in the country to save them from the daily sexual assaults, theft, hold-ups, aggressions, and arbitrary detentions perpetrated by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner group.

The people called on MINUSCA and the international community to help secure their residences as well as the entire town which is now under the control of Wagner mercenaries.

“The Russian mercenaries on July 29, 2021 invaded the house of the late Sultan Mayor Lamido Souleymane Daouda without permission and turned it upside down, carting away tables, plates, solar panels, motor vehicle tyres all of which they transported in the Sultan’s vehicle as they left,” a civil society activist who requested for anonymity for fear of reprisals told HumAngle.

Eyewitnesses said that was the fourth time the house of the late Sultan Mayor has been ransacked by the Russian mercenaries.

“Their objective was not to search for arms or other military materials in Lamido Souleymane Daouda’s house,” declared a quarter head in Koui who said he was overwhelmed by the atrocities of the Russians.

“Their objective has always been to illegally carry away his personal property. We know the Russian mercenaries of Wagner to be thieves, the worst criminals one can come across.”

“It would appear only criminals, the poor and cowards are recruited by Wagner and deployed to the Central African Republic. The Wagner mercenaries, through their behaviour, have betrayed themselves as a private Russian mafia outfit.”

On June 12, 2021, Sultan Mayor Lamido Souleymane Daouda, his Assistant and his bodyguard were assassinated by the Russian mercenaries.

“What were they searching for in the house of the dead man?” asked a staff member of the Koui council. Right now, access to the late Sultan Mayor’s house has been blocked by the Russian mercenaries who have encircled the compound.

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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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