The doctor and the niece were said to have been promised payment of almost $2million if they succeed in killing the president. It later emerged that Benin multimillionaire businessman, Patrice Talon, was the one who hired their services. Fortunately they didn't succeed. The plot to poison the president failed after his niece told her sister about their plan. The sister then told the president.The state prosecutor said the president's niece picked up drugs at the Cotonou airport on Friday Oct.19, and gave them to Dr. Cisse. He said the drugs from Soumanou are “drugs that the head of state usually takes but were this time substituted and replaced by toxic ingredients.” But before they could administer the drugs, they were arrested.
The doctor, niece and ex-minister have been charged with attempted murder and are currently locked up in a prison in Cotonou while there's an arrest warrant for Mr Talon