Broker Thierno Ba chooses Belgrade to supply gendarmerie
Businessman and close friend to Senegalese President Macky Sall, Thierno Ndom Ba just ordered 20 light armoured vehicles from state-run Serbian conglomerate Yugoimport for the gendarmerie.
The Turkish defence flagship, Otokar, signed two contracts in December to equip the Ivorian army and the gendarmerie with armoured vehicles. Both have put in orders for its Cobra II model to help with their fight against armed groups on Ivory Coast's northern border.
In just a short years, Thierno Ndom Ba has established himself as one of Dakar's most sought-after military equipment brokers. With discretionary use of special funds from the presidency, the businessman has become a main supplier of Senegal's gendarmerie.
A low-key figure in West African presidential palaces for two decades, Ben Moctar Maouloud has become a key intermediary in Abidjan. The Malian businessman with a wealth of contacts is now involved in all major military contracts.
Since the late 1980s, Gaby Peretz and his firm AD Con have carved themselves out a reputation in the very closed world of military equipment brokerage in Africa. Initially specialising in the promotion of interception equipment, the firm has progressively expanded its range of services and these days negotiates and finances major aerial and naval military equipment deals.