Benin Opposition Candidate Arrested and Charged with Terrorism

Reckya Madougou, leader of Benin’s largest opposition party Les Démocrates and the first woman to run for president, was arrested for allegedly “planning to assassinate several political figures.”

In a statement to the press, Alain Orounla, spokesperson for the Benin government said “compatriots who were preparing to commit crimes have designated Reckya Madougou as their sponsor.”

He said Madougou was “planning to assassinate several political figures,” adding that it was a”very serious offence of terrorism.”

Madougou was arrested last Wednesday in Porto-Novo. She was “indicted for financing terrorism,” said Renaud Agbodjo, her lawyer. He added that investigation was underway but no trial was “in sight for now.”

This is not the first time an opposition leader has been arrested. Many opposition figures have been exiled or barred from office in Benin. In 2020, Sabastien Ajovon, a key opposition leader was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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