Russian Mercenaries Allegedly Torture Police Commissioner In Central African Republic

Russian Mercenaries have allegedly tortured a Central African Republic police officer over a misunderstanding on the use of a toilet in Baboua village.

Russian Mercenaries have allegedly tortured a Central African Republic police officer over a misunderstanding on the use of  a toilet in Baboua village. 

The police officer, an Assistant Commissioner who declined to reveal his name said it was providence that he did not die in the hands of the Russian mercenaries numbering up to 10 during his ordeals. 

“My life was saved only thanks to the protection of God Almighty,” he said.

“I was treating a dossier in the police station when I felt the need to attend to nature. I came out of the office and went towards where there is an old toilet and a new one. The new toilet was not constructed by the Russians because it had been there before their arrival.”

“As I was about to enter the toilet, the so-called commander shouted at me saying ‘this is not where you have to urinate.”

“Immediately afterwards, he approached me and started pushing me away from the toilet. When I tried to resist, he started punching me and as I continued protecting myself, he called his Russian colleagues to his assistance and together about 10 of them fell on me kicking, hitting me with batons and punching until my left arm was fractured. I must say it is God who saved my life.”

Meanwhile, in Bouar on Friday, Feb. 11,  in the morning, Russian mercenaries and FACA soldiers almost opened fire at each other just a few minutes before they were separated by some senior military and administration officials.

“The problem started when the ball some FACA soldiers were playing was crushed by a convoy of vehicles from Beloko,”  a senior administration official narrated the incident.

“The FACA soldiers demanded that the driver of the vehicle that crushed the ball pay for it. The driver refused and rather decided to go call some Russian friends of his to the rescue.”

“Were it not for the timely intervention of some senior administration and military officials, the consequences of a possible exchange of fire would have been disastrous.”

A sub officer of the Central African Republic national army was last week abducted by Russian mercenaries in Baboua and severely tortured and this has been the reason why tempers have been on edge between the two allies in the town.

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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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