President Abdou Diouf: Dakar Arrest Was a Sting Op

Former President of Senegal Abdou Diouf just published his political biography: “Mémoires”.

Abdou Diouf first served as Senghor’s Chief of Staff and then became successively Secretary General, Minister, Prime Minister and finally Senghor’s successor as Head of the Republic of Senegal. He was re-elected three times to this position which he held for almost twenty years.

For the first time, Abdou Diouf narrates in detail his prestigious political career that ran for nearly a half century, and has no contemporary equivalent. Editions Seuil (1)


The book, which is very witty and highly enjoyable to read, contains some information that is extremely relevant to our story.

Speaking about the arrest of the two Libyan citizens in Dakar on February 20 1988, President Diouf writes (Page 293):

Ces derniers avaient été piégés par Ahmed Khalifa Niasse, qui les avait d’abord conduits au Bénin, avant de les amener au Sénégal, en prenant soin de nous prévenir. (2)

President Diouf could not be any clearer than that. Their arrest was a sting operation. But what was its purpose? Arresting the two Libyans was certainly not the goal in itself. They were released without trial and returned to Libya.


1. Mémoires, Abdou Diouf. Editions Seuil 2014

2. “They had been trapped by Ahmed Khalifa Niasse, who first led them to Benin, before taking them to Senegal, while keeping us informed at all times.”



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1 Response to President Abdou Diouf: Dakar Arrest Was a Sting Op

  1. Craig says:

    There is an interesting on-line article about Diouf and his book.
    The article is a translation but can still read between the lines.

    It appears Diouf was repeatedly advised about Collins actions and antics but Diouf supported Collins until approx March 1990 when Collins left Senegal for France.
    Collins was born in France and possibly dual citizenship.

    Diouf comments;

    “In 1986, I met a senior French politician, who brushed me a very bleak picture of the activities of Collin during his frequent trips. Obviously, I vigorously defended my collaborator.”
    [This is a translation and ‘collaborator’ could mean ‘colleague’]

    “When Jean Collin ends to take my decision, he left my office. Thereafter, he immured in total silence and refused to answer phone calls that I intended him. Ultimately, I could not see Jean Collin until his departure from Senegal to France.”

    This is interesting;

    “After, I never saw him again. This did not prevent me to intervene on his behalf once. En effet, during a visit he made in Normandy, Jean Collin was summoned by the French police, which, probably as part of the investigation into the bombing of UTA, wanted to examine a case of destruction of evidence. This was the Semtex, explosives that were held by Libyans who had been arrested in Senegal. They had been trapped by Ahmed Khalifa Niasse, who had first taken in Benin, before bringing in Senegal, taking care to prevent us. We could well stop upon arrival for return to Gaddafi, who swore on the Koran that he had nothing to do and offered upon return to Tripoli to jail and the judge. Still, this case bounces the call to the police, en France, de Jean Collin.”

    “Naturally, Jean Collin was released the same day. Since that day, I received no news of him, until his death. Thus the 27 March 1990, after a presence of nearly three decades in the spheres of power and administration of the Republic, John Collin left the Senegalese politics.”

    Obituary: Jean Collin
    Saturday 06 November 1993

    “In 1971 Collin moved to the Ministry of the Interior, with the rank of Minister of State, and he stayed there for 10 years, acquiring a mastery that made him, in effect, the second most powerful person in the country”

    “No one ever suggested he was a French agent.”


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