The story broke last week, after the riots that forced Abdoulaye Wade to withdraw his controversial constitutional reform. Macky Sall, former Prime Minister accused Wade of recruiting mercenaries from Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, but also Guinea and Nigeria in order to abduct opposition members.
“Four hundred mercenaries entered the country through the southern border” that separates Senegal from Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, said the president of the Alliance for the Republic stating that he was in the process of “deepening” its investigations.
The Ivorian government denied the information last week:
“We protest strongly against this type of accusation,” Bruno Koné, spokesman of the Ivorian government told AFP. “We have no information of this type,” he said.
“We do not meddle in the internal politics of other states, let alone that of Senegal, which is a friendly country,” said the minister.
“We know the price of having mercenaries within its territory,” he argued.