Mr Rufai’s U.S. trial is set for August 31. Last May, the Seattle Times reported that Mr Rufai was apprehended in New York as he attempted to flee the country. Mr Rufai appeared before a federal court Saturday on charges alleging he used the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to fraudulently receive over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. A detention hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. Mr Rufai has lived in Lekki, Lagos, for years as Mr Abiodun’s neighbour and business partner. He appointed him as a special duties aide when he became governor, a position Nigerian political elite usually reserve for trusted associates. Mr Abiodun himself was exposed as a certificate forger after falsely claiming to have attended colleges and filed fake documents of his several schools. He was never prosecuted for the offence before emerging governor and currently enjoys immunity from criminal charges as a serving governor. It was not immediately clear whether or not the governor was involved in the fraud or knew about his aide’s exploits. The U.S. complaint against Mr Rufai gave insight into how the pandemic-related fraud was carried out, noting that most of the fraudulent claims that hit the ESD were likely filed outside the U.S. - The Naija Weekly

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Mr Rufai’s U.S. trial is set for August 31. Last May, the Seattle Times reported that Mr Rufai was apprehended in New York as he attempted to flee the country. Mr Rufai appeared before a federal court Saturday on charges alleging he used the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to fraudulently receive over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. A detention hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. Mr Rufai has lived in Lekki, Lagos, for years as Mr Abiodun’s neighbour and business partner. He appointed him as a special duties aide when he became governor, a position Nigerian political elite usually reserve for trusted associates. Mr Abiodun himself was exposed as a certificate forger after falsely claiming to have attended colleges and filed fake documents of his several schools. He was never prosecuted for the offence before emerging governor and currently enjoys immunity from criminal charges as a serving governor. It was not immediately clear whether or not the governor was involved in the fraud or knew about his aide’s exploits. The U.S. complaint against Mr Rufai gave insight into how the pandemic-related fraud was carried out, noting that most of the fraudulent claims that hit the ESD were likely filed outside the U.S.


 


The asylum request made by Sunday Igboho, Yoruba nation agitator, will be decided this week by authorities of Benin Republic.


Recall that Igboho and his wife were arrested at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.


Ropo, the wife, was released after the pair were arraigned before a court in the country, but Igboho remains in custody after extradition hearing on the request of the Nigerian government was stalled.


He had fled Nigeria after his Oyo home was raided by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). Two persons were killed by the DSS in the raid while 12 others were arrested and whisked to Abuja.


His lawyers said they delayed application for his bail pending the outcome of the asylum request, noting that they are desperate to ensure that he is not sent back to Nigeria.


Olasupo Ojo, one of the lawyers, said though there had not been an official statement from Benin Republic government on the asylum request, there is hope that a position will be made known this week.


He said, “no official position on the asylum request but we are expecting feedback this week”.


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