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US Court orders indefinite detention of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s aide, Bidemi Rufai

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United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma, has ordered the indefinite detention of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s suspended aide, Bidemi Rufai, who is been accused of a $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States.

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The Ogun State Governor’s aide was apprehended at a US airport on May 14, while on his way to Amsterdam. He was accused of using the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal money worth over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

 

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

 

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Rufai’s released on bail on Wednesday May 26, was halted after United States Department of Justice raised an alarm of the surety he provided being a suspected fraudster.

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The U.S. authorities said the surety provided a nurse, Nekpen Soyemi, is a suspected fraudster and should not be allowed to stand surety for Mr Rufai.

Rufai’s bail was denied following a move by the government for “a stay if the release order”. The order was granted by US District judge, Benjamin Settle.

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It read:

“The release order is STAYED, and the defendant shall remain in custody pending this Court’s decision on the government’s motion for review”.

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