SAD: Ex- Minister, Personal Doctor and Niece All Planned To Poison Benin Republic President


Republic of Benin has charged three suspects accused of plotting to
poison President Boni Yayi, the public prosecutor said Tuesday in Cotonou.
 “They are
formally charged with criminal conspiracy and attempted murder,” Justin
Gbenameto told Agence France Presse of the suspects, who include Yayi’s doctor,
his niece and an ex-minister.
Gbenameto said they were charged late Monday following their arrests on Sunday. Click to continue.

On Monday, Gbenameto had announced their arrests and described the alleged plot
to kill Yayi, also the current chairman of the African Union.

Those arrested were Moudjaidou Soumanou, former minister of commerce; Yayi’s
personal doctor Ibrahim Mama Cisse; and Zouberath Kora-Seke, one of Yayi’s
nieces who worked at the presidency.
It was alleged that the president’s niece and his
doctor were promised one billion CFA francs (1.5 million euros, $2 million) to
replace Yayi’s anti-pain medicine with poison.

An aide to the president, speaking on condition of anonymity, has alleged that
the plot may have been linked to a decision to end the monopoly of a company
supplying materials for the cotton industry as well as a major port contract.

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