Business man under fraud probe

Cotonou – A wealthy Benin businessman and failed presidential candidate Sebastien Ajavon is under investigation over an allegedly fraudulent export deal. This statement was released by a judicial source on Monday.

 

The source also went on to say that said is alleged to have committed “forgery of official records, complicity in forgery of official records, falsification and fraud”. These alleged offences date back to 2009. He can be sent to jail once he is charged and convicted, the source added.

 

Ajavon stood for election in last year’s presidential election that was won by another businessman-turned-politician Patrice Talon

 

It is also said that a year ago Ajovan, was arrested after 18km of cocaine was found in a container destined for one of his businesses. The cocain they found is believed to have a a street value of $16m.

 

He was released after eight days and subsequently said he had been the victim of a plot to discredit him, but those charges were dropped several months later.

 

Last Friday, Ajovan was in court to respond to allegations that he allowed vegetable oil and frozen chicken to be exported to neighbouring Nigeria, in breach of a trade agreement. One of his two co-accused is former ambassador of Benin to Nigeria.

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