Soldiers at a checkpoint on the road later told Dossier reporters that Kotofio and three armed white men had come through 20 minutes before the journalists. They allegedly warned the soldiers to let the reporters’ jeep pass.
Following the killing, Kotofio was reportedly promoted.
Another journalist who had investigated Wagner mercenaries died in Russia in April when he fell from his balcony. The day before he had told friends about armed men in his stairwell.
Although Wagner mercenaries played a key role in the Syrian war, Moscow has not admitted their involvement there or in other countries.
Russia has been expanding its presence in Africa through investment and military deals, and Prigozhin and his Wagner group, which previously played a key role in the Syrian war, have taken a lead role.
A former mercenary told The Telegraph that white men in camouflage photographed at protests in Sudan this month were Wagner mercenaries involved in training local police.
Prigozhin was filmed sitting at the table for talks in November between Russia’s defence minister and Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army.
His operatives are reportedly advising militaries and election campaigns in 10 African countries.
Muslim rebels overthrew the president of the CAR, an impoverished former French colony, in 2013 but were later pushed back by Christian militias in bloody fighting.