This makes no real sense. Anyone can transfer money to anyone else through banking channels. It almost sounds however, like this is some sort of scam, and perhaps the bank is looking to protect you from a somewhat LESS than 'sincere' relative.
A power of attorney is not needed unless someone ELSE is acting for them.
Is there something you're leaving out that would make this other than 'just' a funds transfer? You list this as 'probate' -- is this money from a deceased ancestor and your share of an inheritance? The bank may be wanting to see the Togo equivalent of letters testementary/ letters of authority before acting.
In any event, please understand there will be import and tax issues, and there could be issues with customs or other international treaties that need to be addressed before the transfer happens. It may help to contact a lawyer familiar with international law and/or the consulate office for Togo in the USA to try to clarify what needs to be done to finalize the transfer. Good luck.
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You are being scammed. S-C-A-M-M-E-D. Ripped off. Taken to the cleaners. Cheated. Larcenied by trick. Flim-flammed. Huffle-buffled. Given the twenty-three skiddoo! Wake up and smell the coffee, my friend, these folks are peeing on your leg and telling you it's raining.
P.S. When they show up at the airport with the suitcase of cash, gimme a call.
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