The defendants, whose identities have not yet been revealed, have been staying in a Beninese prison since December 2021.
They have been marching since January 24, 2022 before the judges of the Court for the Suppression of Economic Crimes and Terrorism (Criet) of Benin to answer for facts of forgery and use of forgery, learned camerounactuonline.com from the SBBC. According to the story of our colleague, who himself quotes a Beninese media, “Mario Elomn Mètonou, the special prosecutor at the Criet, auditioned these six Cameroonians. What we know about this case, pending the hearings, is that the defendants arrived at Cotonou airport with Beninese passports in their possession, in order to complete the police formalities before their embarkation for Istanbul (Turkey), the final stage before the Equator, in South America, their final destination”, one can read.
The elements of the Beninese air police unmask irregularities in their travel documents and they deduce that they are false identities. The six alleged counterfeiters are arrested and left at the disposal of the Directorate of Emigration and Immigration.
According to the SBBC, in Benin, the case is causing a stir because the director of emigration and immigration, the divisional commissionaire Florent Edgard Agbo, finds himself in the dock. He is being sued by the Criet for abuse of office.
According to RFI, he would have released the six alleged Cameroonian counterfeiters without reason. which were later found.
On December 27, 2021, Florent Edgard Agbo was arrested. Just like several Beninese police officers, suspected by the courts of having participated in this affair. This is also the case for a neighborhood chief who is accused of having issued residence certificates essential for the establishment of a passport in Benin. All were remanded in custody.