Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has been accused of drugging and raping the ex-wife of a businessman.
Jameela News reports that the businessman Kevin Ajenifuja made the claim at a court in the United States.
The lawsuit was filed by the businessman on August 2, 2019, Ajenifuja claimed that he had developed the technique and process of a sector exchange-traded funds for Africa in June 2004, after over 10 years of research.
The US-based businessman said Dangote in collaboration with some employees of the World Bank Group on the 8th of February, 2020, invited his ex-wife to a meeting at a Catholic mission in Washington, D.C area where she was allegedly given illicit drugs including opioid.
He said his wife subsequently engaged in extramarital affairs with young men near Washington, and that was subsequently used to blackmail her into turning against her husband until she handed over his trade secrets to Dangote.
He stated that he only found out about the theft trade secrets in December 2016 after several investigations.
The plaintiff claimed that Aliko Dangote resigned as the President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2014, a year before the expiration of his term, “to conceal his involvement”.
“On information and belief Defendant Dangote resigned to conceal his involvement in what happened to Plaintiff and Anita Koepcke,” Mr. Ajenifuja said in court documents.
In defense, the billionaire had cited the need to have more time for the execution of his companies’ expansion across Africa as the basis for his resignation.
Ajenifuja said it was around December 20, 2014, that he searched for the missing copies of the trade secrets and suspected that they had been stolen by Dangote via his ex-wife.
He is demanding $1 billion as the least compensatory damages against Dangote and others for the alleged theft of his trade secrets.
In their separate motions, the world Bank group sought to dismiss the case on the grounds that it was immune from suit.
The billionaire sought dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction.
The US court rejected Mr. Ajenifuja’s lawsuit because it was statute-barred.