Ogun State Governor’s Aide Abidemi Rufai Arrested For Fraud
The Aide To The Ogun State Governor, Abidemi Rufai Was Arrested For Fraud, See Social Media Reactions
In the early hours of Tuesday, the news of the arrest of Ogun governor’s aide, started trending on social media.
He was arrested at the JFK Airport in New York on his way out of the US and has appeared before a court on May 15. He is scheduled for a detention hearing on May 19.
Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman accused Rufai of using an alias, Sandy Tang, to steal over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department.
The Nigerian politician, the DoJ said, stole the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
Abidemi replicated his fraudulent unemployment claims in Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Nigerians have reacted to this news and below are some:
FBI has arrested Dapo Abiodun’s aide with the name Abidemi Rufai over N312 billion fraud at JFK Airport in US.
Omo if this news didn't come out, if anyone or EFCC says someone stole N312 billion at a go, I fit argue say na lie, mehn people are really greedy sha
— UNCLE AJ (@UNCLE_AJALA) May 18, 2021
There are many more Abidemi Rufai that have benefited from the pandemic here in Nigeria. Case study, the governors
— ✗Catalyst✗ (@The_olutee) May 18, 2021