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Ogun Governor Suspends Aide Arrested In US For Fraud

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Ogun State governor Tuesday suspended his aide Abidemi Rufai, who was arrested in the United States on Friday for suspected wire fraud.

“Our position is that the law should take its course,” said Kunle Somorin, the chief press secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun. ““Meanwhile, the governor has ordered his immediate suspension from office to answer charges against him.”

The newspaper said Rufai was suspended immediately the governor was briefed about his arrest.

Rufai, the founder and chief executive of Ecobet, was accused of stealing the identities of 100 residents of Washington to file fraudulent unemployment claims between March and August 2020.

He was also fingered in similar fraud scheme in Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania. He faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of fraud relating to benefits paid in connection with a presidentially declared disaster or emergency.

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.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Gorman.

“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

The proceeds of his fraudulent claims were paid out to online payment accounts such as ‘Green Dot’ accounts, or wired to bank accounts controlled by “money mules.”

Some of the proceeds were then mailed to the Jamaica, New York address of Rufai’s relative. Law enforcement determined said more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Greed is a powerful motivator. Unfortunately, the greed alleged to this defendant affects all taxpayers,” said Donald Voiret, Special Agent in Charge FBI Seattle.

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Princess Tried To Seduce Baba Ijesha Severally –Actor’s Niece

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A young lady, Ewatomilola Ayeni, who identified herself as a niece to embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha; has alleged that popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, also known as Princess tried several times to seduce the embattled actor.

Ayeni disclosed this while speaking with reporters at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Wednesday after the court declined to grant the bail application brought before it by Baba Ijesha.

Baba Ijesha has been in police custody since April 22, 2021, when the Lagos State Police Command announced his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the care of Princess.

Baba Ijesha, who wore a blue t-shirt, was taken to court in a black maria vehicle of the Rapid Response Squad.

One of the counsels for the suspect, Kayode Olabinran, said he prayed the court to grant his client bail on health grounds but the court declined the prayer on the premise that the case was already filed at the High Court in Lagos by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the state.

Addressing journalists after Baba Ijesha was taken back to the State Criminal Investigation Department in the Panti area of the state, Ayeni, who claimed to be the actor’s niece, said the allegations filed against him were baseless.

She said, “My name is Ewatomilola Ayeni and the person in question is my elder brother; I am a niece to Baba Ijesha.

“If indeed Ijesha did what he was accused of, his mother-in-law is here and she won’t support him if he is guilty of the offence.

“Everyone is shouting, ‘defilement’ but if they know what happened seven years ago…

“Has Princess herself revealed the number of times she seduced Ijesha? Ijesha cannot fight but we will fight for him.

“There were times that Princess called Ijesha to come over to her place, that she has prepared Ofada stew, knowing full well that he has a wife, even though she is not in Nigeria.”

“You claim to befriend to somebody and you are also the enemy. Why are you a friend enemy to him?” she queried.

Ayeni further said Baba Ijesha is not a paedophile, saying, “I have lived with him all my life and he never abused me. They want to tarnish his image because of his fame.”

“The government should ensure that the innocent does not die in the place of the guilty because anyone who hears one side of the matter without hearing the other side is evil because he (Baba Ijesha) knows nothing about this case,” she concluded

Repeated efforts by our correspondent to get the comments of Princess proved abortive as she didn’t take her calls and didn’t reply to text messages sent to her lines.

However, Princess has taken to her verified Instagram account to release some damning evidence against Baba Ijesha.

The comedienne, in a series of posts, shared a recording of Baba Ijesha, alleging that while in police custody, he instructed his group members to spread false information.

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“You dial trouble” Dino Melaye Reacts To Alleged Car Debt  

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Former Kogi west senator, Dino Jonah Melaye has reacted to reports that he allegedly owes a car dealership by the name ‘unique motors’ money over a vehicle purchase.

The report began after Melaye posted a picture of himself in a Roll Royce Cullinan on Instagram on Wednesday. Shortly after, a user with the name ‘Unique Motors’ heckled the senator via a comment on the post that he owed them money.

“Sir, You still have an outstanding balance to pay unique motors. All effort to reach you and Moses prove abortive. Please pay up sir.”

Responding to the development, Melaye in a short statement issued via his Facebook page, described the development as a ‘publicity stunt’, adding that he will be suing the company.

“No, be only a unique motor! If l am really owing you, you know what to do. Abi na social media you sell the imaginary car?”

“All of una wey dey use my name promote your obscure Business…God knows una address ooo. But for this unique nonsense, my lawyers go reach you. You dial trouble,” he wrote.

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Gunmen Abduct Four Chinese Expatriates, Kill Police Inspector In Ogun

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday afternoon abducted four male Chinese expatriates working with the Federal Government’s railway project in Odeda local government area of Ogun State.

Numbering about eight and all clad in a black kaftan, the gunmen allegedly invaded Adeaga/Alaagba village, site of the railway project in Odeda local government area around 6 pm where they shot a Police Inspector dead before succeeding in the abduction of the Chinese expatriates handling the Ibadan-Lagos standard gauge railway project.

An eye witness at Alaagba village said that the abductors seized their victims immediately after disarming the security men attached to them and they headed straight to the forest with their captives.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP, the community leader and Baale of Alaagba village, Chief Adekunle Olabamiji, said residents of the rustic border community between Ogun and Oyo state had earlier in the afternoon, observed the presence of some fierce-looking gunmen in the village.

LEADERSHIP further gathered that members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) later in the night launched an unsuccessful hunt for the kidnappers, combing the entire bush in an attempt to possibly apprehend the kidnappers and rescue the victims.

When contacted, Ogun State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the abduction, said the command has dispatched a team of the special tactical unit to roads and forest in Odeda LGA of the State in search of four Chinese workers

Oyeyemi, who expressed the optimism that the Chinese expatriates would be rescued unhurt, further explained that primary investigation clearly confirmed that victims were initially ambushed at the construction site prior to the incident.

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