Russian Wagner Military Forces finally in Cameroon: investigation by Jeune Afrique

Russian Wagner Military Forces finally in Cameroon: investigation by Jeune Afrique

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August 12, 2022 0

Russian Wagner Military Forces finally in Cameroon: investigation by Jeune Afrique

This is an investigation by Jeune Afrique

• Wagner finally in Cameroon

• The Port of Douala is involved

It is an explosive revelation that Jeune Afrique has just come out. The excellent investigative journalist Mathieu Olivier has published an exclusive investigation into the Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries, which is increasingly establishing itself in Africa. But the most surprising thing is that Cameroon finds itself at the heart of the group’s impressive system.

It’s an open secret. The Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries is present today in the Central African Republic and especially in Mali. And the mode of operation of this nebula is to take control of the natural resources of the countries in which they operate. But it is in logistics that the name of Cameroon appears in the Jeune Afrique survey.

Regarding the exploitation of the resources of the countries in question, JA has made disturbing revelations.
“Since 2018, Wagner’s mercenaries have been established in the mining sector, particularly in gold and diamonds, in particular through the company Lobaye Invest, which has operating permits in several regions of the country. From this “parent company”, financially controlled by a nebula of companies attached to the oligarch Yevgueni Prigojine, they have gradually been introduced into other parts of the local economy. This year, Wagner has thus invested in the Central African forest sector via the company Bois Rouge. According to our information, the group is also working to develop subsidiaries in other sectors.

The mercenary group thus created, about a year ago, the First Industrial Company, a company linked to Lobaye Invest which operates in the agribusiness. Vitali Perfilev and his men – in particular a certain Roman, in charge of this aspect of Wagnerian activity – are thus eyeing local coffee production in the Lobaye prefecture and above all aim to integrate the sugar business, replacing the opportunity at Sucaf, a subsidiary of the Somdiaa group and the French Castel. In certain areas of the north of the country, Wagner would take advantage in particular of the attacks by former rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) of Ali Darassa against the sites of the sugar company to pose as a second term of an alternative “, underlined Young Africa.

occasionally replacing Sucaf, a subsidiary of the Somdiaa group and the French Castel. In certain areas of the north of the country, Wagner would take advantage in particular of the attacks by former rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) of Ali Darassa against the sites of the sugar company to pose as a second term of an alternative “, underlined Young Africa. occasionally replacing Sucaf, a subsidiary of the Somdiaa group and the French Castel. In certain areas of the north of the country, Wagner would take advantage in particular of the attacks by former rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) of Ali Darassa against the sites of the sugar company to pose as a second term of an alternative “, underlined Young Africa.

According to the cross-checks of the Pan-African Magazine, “Wagner would have made agreements with the Minister of Livestock, Hassan Bouba, former right-hand man of Ali Darassa. Bouba has maintained valuable contacts among Fulani fighters and is able to recruit among those who have recently left the UPC. Since the stalemate of the war in Ukraine and the establishment of the group in Mali, Wagner would thus have hired through him and that of his right arms, Idriss Maloum and Hamadou Tanga, around 300 ex-upécistes to replace mercenaries redeployed in the Sahel or in the Ukrainian Donbass. Hassan Bouba is one of the personalities who benefit the most from the protection of Wagner’s Russians in Bangui, even though he is under investigation by the Central African justice system for suspicion of war crimes. As for Maloum and Tanga,

For Jeune Afrique, the Autonomous Port of Douala is a real hub for the Wagner Group.
“How does Wagner manage to collect the rents from this sprawling business? According to our information, the goods transit through the port of Douala. Wagner thus took control of a company called International Global Logistics (IGL). Founded by the Central African Anour Madjido, it first had the group of mercenaries as a “simple” client, before being swallowed up by the latter more recently.

At present, IGL is unofficially controlled by a man named Nikolai, who works from the Cameroonian economic capital in close contact with Roman and Vitali Perfilev in Bangui. According to our sources, the company ensures the transit of goods and containers via the autonomous port of Douala, Anour Madjido carrying out all the administrative formalities. “, describes Young Africa

“Operating exclusively with a cash-based system, which transits via opaque networks between the PK5 markets in Bangui and Congo in Douala, the Central African intermediary reports to Nikolai. It is the latter who oversees the organization in the name of Vitali Perfilev and organizes the supply. Roman and Nikolaï notably supervised the installation, in the Cameroonian economic capital, of a Central African coffee roasting plant. The processed goods will then have to be shipped abroad – notably to Russia – via the autonomous port of Douala. The latter also serves as a hub for the import of raw materials and equipment.

In addition to the machines necessary for the exploitation of wood or minerals, Wagner thus buys from Douala products such as low-cost alcohol from Nigeria. Once in the hands of the First Industrial Company and processed, it is then sold as “vodka” in the Central African Republic, especially in the streets of Bangui. In the form of a 200 milliliter sachet, this drink with potentially harmful effects costs 200 CFA francs (0.30 euros), while the 75 centiliter bottle is worth 7,500. of their health know it, to fill the coffers of Wagner”, specifies the Magazine

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