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Fraud: Court Freezes Gov Abiodun Ex-Aide Abidemi Rufai’s Bank Accounts, Seize His Lekki Home

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of some funds and properties alleged traced and owned by Mr. Abidemi Rufai Ganiyu the Ex-Aide of Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun. Dapo Abiodun and Ex-Aide Abidemi Rufai

Mr. Abidemi Ganiyu Rufai was arrested by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on May 14. He currently faces charges of wire fraud in the United States, in lieu of this a court order has been grant by the Lagos Federal High giving a prayer to the EFCC to freeze and seize assets traced to Mr. Rufai of which includes a property of his in Lekki and funds in his accounts domiciled in Sterling and Zenith banks.
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Justice Tijjani Ringim made the order sequel to an ex parte motion filed and argued by a counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ebuka Okongwu.

Dapo Abiodun and Abidemi Rufai KOKO TV NG 19The EFCC joined Rufai, his firm Omo Mayodele Global Investment; and Sterling Bank PLC as the first, second, and third respondents in the suit. Okongwu told the judge that it was essential for the court to grant the prayer of interim forfeiture to preserve the res and prevent further dissipation of the defendant’s funds in his Sterling Bank account.

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According to an affidavit sworn to by an EFCC investigator, Usman Abdulhamid, “Abidemi Rufai had already dissipated a suspicious N29.37m in tranches of N5m, N5m, N2.7m, N1.1m, N2m, N2m, N2m, and N5m. The funds were warehoused in his accounts in three banks.”
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Abidemi Rufai was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on May 14 over alleged $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud from the Washington State Employment Security Department, in the US. He was indicted for alleged conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.Abidemi Rufai

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