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Nigerians React As Ogun Governor’s Aide Abidemi Rufai Is Arrested For Fraud

Nigerians React As Ogun Governor’s Aide Abidemi Rufai Is Arrested For Fraud

In the early hours of Tuesday, the news of the arrest of Ogun governor’s aide, Abidemi Rufai, started trending on social media.

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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.

Rufai replicated his fraudulent unemployment claims in Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Nigerians have reacted to this news and below are some:

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