Many media are formal. Colonel Issiaka Ouattara dit Wattao, died Sunday in New York in the United States. The former number 2 of the Republican Guard and close to Guillaume Soro died of advanced diabetes.
Côte d’Ivoire begins the new year with the loss of a notorious figure. This is Colonel Issiaka Ouattara dit Wattao who bowed out yesterday in New York where he was evacuated on December 13 for advanced diabetes identified with a long delay.
Born in 1967 in Bouna in northeastern Côte d’Ivoire, Wattao gained prominence in the Forces Nouvelles (FN), a rebellion led by Guillaume Soro.
In 2011, while Côte d’Ivoire sank into a post-electoral crisis between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara and while he was zone commander in the center-west, Wattao launched an offensive on Abidjan and contributed to the fall of Laurent Gbagbo for the benefit of Alassane Ouattara.
Like all warlords who fought in the post-election crisis, those who wore a litany of nicknames including « whiskey » and « Saha Bélé-Bélé » (big snake, malinké), will be rewarded by the new regime.
He thus held several positions including deputy commander of the Republican Guard, in charge of the security of the head of state before being appointed in 2013 second personality of a unit in charge of security in the city of Abidjan.
But in 2014, Issiaka was removed from office. What has been seen by observers as a beginning of disgrace vis-à-vis Abidjan.