Ogun governor suspends aide arrested in US over $350k fraud

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has suspended Abidemi Rufai, his aide who was arrested in the US over alleged $350,000 unemployment benefits fraud.

42 year-old Rufai, appointed in August 2020 by the governor, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday at JFK Airport in New York, has been scheduled for a detention hearing on Wednesday.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Kunle Somorin, the governor’s spokesperson, described Rufai’s alleged involvement in fraud as disturbing, adding that the governor cannot be held responsible for Rufai’s actions.

The statement read in part, “Governor cannot be held responsible for the actions of a full-grown adult.”

“We received the very disturbing news 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.

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“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 to 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 governance.

“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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