Togo: First Togolese female candidate in presidential election, Mrs Adjamagbo-Johnson is arrested

Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson was arrested on Saturday evening by the defense and security forces in her house in Lomé for “undermining the internal security of the State”.

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Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson is the leader of Democratic Convention of African Peoples (CDPA) and coordinator of the Dynamics Monsignor Kpodzro (DMK), an alliance of opposition parties which was the main challenger of the president Faure Gnassingbé during the February 22 presidential election in Togo.

In the context of contesting the results of this election, Mr Gérard Djossou, the representative of DMK at the electoral commission was arrested on Friday and kept at the Central Service for Research and Criminal Investigations (SCRIC) of the national gendarmerie in Lomé.

According to the public prosecutor, Essolissam Poyodi these arrests are part of an open investigation for “undermining the internal security of the State”.

“As part of this investigation, Mr. Djossou Dodji Yaovi Gerard, president of the social affairs commission in charge of human rights within the DMK was arrested on the evening of Friday, November 27, 2020 in Lomé by elements of the judicial police. His home was immediately searched. This allowed the discovery and seizure of compromising documents relevant to the investigation,  » said the public prosecutor in a statement on Saturday.

“The said documents reveal the projection of violent actions aimed at undermining the internal security of the State and which should be implemented from the public demonstrations planned for the day of Saturday, November 28, 2020. The investigation also revealed that Mrs. Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson, coordinator of the DMK was in possession of other documents in connection with the destabilization plan of the projected country. Her arrest in the afternoon of this Saturday, November 28, 2020 was made necessary « , added the magistrate.

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Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson, 61, is a Togolese politician, lawyer and human rights activist. She is the first woman to stand as a candidate in a presidential election in Togo in 2010. In the following polls, she joined the opposition coalitions in the fight against the long reign of Gnassingbé family.

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