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Gov Abiodun suspend his aide over $350,000 US fraud




The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has suspended his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Special Duties, Abidemi Rufai, following his arrest by the New York Federal Bereau Of Investigation (FBI) over his alleged connection with a $350,000 fraud.



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The United States Department of Justice on Monday, May 17, announced Rufai’s arrest as they stated that he was involved in  $350,000 unemployment benefits fraud which was meant for his people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the news of his aide’s involvement in fraud is disturbing.


He further stated that the Governor has suspended him to enable him answer the charges levelled against him.

Further speaking he said the government should not be held responsible for a grown man action as his government condemns any act capable of undermining his determination to instill a transparent and accountable behaviour in the state.


The statement reads:

“We received the very disturbing need of the arrest of one of the Governor’s political appointees, Mr Abidemi Rufai in New York  over alleged unemployment benefits and fraud in the United States this morning.


While the Governor cannot be held responsible for the actions of a full grown adult, especially outside the jurisdiction of Ogun and Nigeria, he has since suspended the suspect from office to enable him answer the charges levelled against him.

The Governor wishes to condemn any act capable of undermining his determination to institute an open, transparent, accountable and morally upright behaviour in the state and in givernance.


Gov. Abiodun remains committed to his agenda of building our future together and will not condone criminals either in his government or the state in general”.


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