I was in the center west of Togo this morning.
The villagers told me a story about some Germans (at least they presented themselves as Germans) who came to the place and asked for land for farming and animal husbandry.
What was strange about their request is that they wanted only a particular location for their farm, and were ready to give largess to the local chief to get that place.
Not all people liked the idea, but money talks and they ended up getting the location they wished for.
They built a huge hangar, and started some primitive farming around.
Few months later, a guy from the village discovered that the white men have dug a tunnel from the hangar until a nearest mountain.
He had no idea what they were extracting from the bottom of the mountain, but every week the white men were shipping tens of boxes of “something” from the hangar.
After about a year the white men closed their “development project”, sold their materials and disappeared.
I asked if anyone knew about what the white men dug from the ground. The villagers said no. I’m not even sure if the state of Togo knew whatever those people were in for.