The scene caused a lot of ink to flow in Cotonou. Friday July 1, a handful of agents of the Public Treasury, escorted by a detachment of police officers, carried out a spectacular seizure in a residence located a few cables of the airport. And for good reason: the seized property – furniture, computer equipment, vehicles – belong to the businessman and opponent Sébastien Ajavon.
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The man who was once nicknamed the “chicken king”, who lives in exile in France where he obtained refugee status in 2019, did not officially react to this seizure. His lawyer, Me Marc Bensimon, took care of it for him, in the hours following the operation, denouncing an “inadmissible” measure at the micro of our colleagues from RFI. Géraldo Gomez, secretary general of the Liberal Social Union (USL, of Sébastien Ajavon), does not hesitate for his part to denounce a “new instrumentalization of justice” targeting the former ally of Patrice Talon. “Come on, I don’t understand all the media hype around this story. It is only a simple execution of a judicial decision, of which there are dozens every week,” retorts Séverin Quenum, the Beninese Minister of Justice, who assures that, if no public communication on the operation is was made by his services, there was no question of “hiding anything”.