Benin: Three Charged in Plot to Poison President Boni Yayi

Three people were arrested in the attempted poisoning of Benin’s President Boni Yayi. (Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that three people have been charged in a plot to poison Benin President Boni Yayi by switching out his medication with poison. The article states:

“The president’s doctor, one of his nieces and an ex-minister of commerce have been charged with conspiracy and attempted murder, officials said. Prosecutors said the president’s niece and his doctor were offered 1bn CFA francs (£1.2m; $2m) to poison him.”

Prosecutors yesterday named Dr Ibrahim Mama Cisse, the president’s niece Zouberath Kora-Seke and former minister of commerce Moudjaidou Soumanou as the three suspects. They are currently in custody.

Authorities also intend to issue an arrest warrant for businessman Patrice Talon, a former ally of Mr Yayi who fell out with the leader. Chief prosecutor Justin Gbenameto told reporters that the alleged plot started on 17 October while the head of state was on an official visit to Brussels. Kora-Seke, who was accompanying President Yayi, was to pick up the poison and put it into his medication provided by a doctor. Kora-Seke attempted to poison her uncle, President Yayi, approximately two days after their arrival in Benin. She eventually broke down and informed family members of the attempt on his life.

Read more at BBC Africa.

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