Nigerian citizen and APC Special Assistant to Ogun state governor, Abidemi Rufai has been exposed in the United States for widespread unemployment benefits fraud, in what seems like a vast network of fraudulent activities with his accomplices.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI after several months of investigation arrested Mr Abidemi Rufai at J.F. Kennedy airport as he was about to leave the United States.
He has been arrested by the US FBI for a widespread fraudulwnt activities that seemed to have covered over 10 states in the United States and may warrant more arrests to uncover more of his accomplices.
At the moment he is being charged by FBI in Washington DC for $350, 000 but a video obtained by The Republican News shows that the fraud uncovered in many states may be linked to him and his accomplices in their fraudulent team activities. Also a tweet by FBI Seattle confirms the case
The video obtained by The Republican News painted uglier picture of the activities of Mr Abidemi Rufai against the Social Security Department. It stated that he used identity of over 100 people to falsely claim unemployment benefits.
The FBI uncovered that in 10 states, Hawai, Missouri, Main, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pensylavainia, Wiscoson, Michigan others, that he and his accomplices took millions of dollars from unemployment funds.
From the report seen by The Republican News, it is estimated that $642m unemployment benefits are paid to fraudsters of which $369m has been recovered, this leaves a whopping $273m still unaccounted for.
The Southern and Middle Belt Forum has condemned attack on the Abeokuta residence of the Nobel Laurette, Prof. Wole Soyinka, by Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday, According to SaharaReporters.
SaharaReporters learnt that Soyinka had moved to Lagos in the meantime, following the attack and one of the herders has been arrested.
It was also learnt that the rest ran away, leaving their cows behind.
A source in the area told SaharaReporters that the police and some hunters in the area have taken possession of the cows.
In a statement issued by the forum on Wednesday, signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West); Chief Guy Ikokwu (South-East); Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South); and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), the group described the attack on the professor as a painful development.
The group also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution Fulani herdsmen in the country, saying their criminal activities could cause division in Nigeria.
The statement read, “Hours after Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, warned this country that the activities of Fulani herdsmen could lead to a civil war and urged President Buhari to denounce them clearly to show he is President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, the herdsmen stormed the elder stateman’s residence in Abeokuta around 1 pm on Tuesday and caused serious scare before the professor called in the police.
“It is a painful development that herders will not even give a scant regard to a man of Soyinka stature in their madness let loose on Nigeria with no authority to call them to order.
“If there are people still living in denial about the intention of these criminals and those shielding them, there is no further evidence than this.
“We do not know what they have that they are playing this roulette but we are sure when a blind man says we have to settle this stoning ourselves, it is either he is stepping on or clutching one.
“We also want to warn them of the implications of hurting a man like Soyinka with the fragile unity of the country.
“Let President Buhari know that these criminals are working hard to make him the last President of One Nigeria.”
In the same vein, the Women Arise and Centre for Change condemned the attack on Soyinka.
A statement signed by the President of the group, Joe Okei-Odumakin, described the attack as a confirmation that Nigeria is on the edge of a precipice.
The group urged the security agencies to accost the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The statement read, “After a confirmation from Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, that some herders struck at his Abeokuta home on Tuesday at 1pm, leading to a siege on the world literary figure, we can now safely say that Nigeria is at the edge of the precipice.
“Soyinka had warned the country last weekend of how close Nigeria is to civil war if President Muhammadu Buhari did not act fast.
“Instead of the president acting, his media aides said he would become a talkative if he continued to speak on Miyetti Allah.
“Nigeria is dying before our very eyes and its death pang is what the attack on Soyinka symbolised.
“We hope security agencies will still have the guts to accost the assailants and bring them to justice, although the prognosis does not look good at all.”
A video was shared on the social media where a man stated that Fulani herdsmen who attacked Prof Soyinka had been arrested by the police in Ogun.
However, when SaharaReporters contacted the Police spokesperson in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, he said he could not confirm the incident as he had yet to get full details from the Divisional Police Officer of the area where the incident occurred.
Some soldiers on Friday invaded some communities in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State and forced the victims to recant torture allegation against them.
The soldiers, whose identities could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, stormed the villages and assembled the residents on Friday evening, The Punch reports.
The soldiers, numbering about 10, had reportedly escorted some herdsmen to some villages in Ketuland a few weeks ago and flogged them for refusing to allow the herdsmen to graze their cattle on their farmlands.
Three traditional rulers in the area wrote a petition against the soldiers and addressed it to the Army, the government and the police in the state.
The Army kept mum while the government and the police confirmed they were aware of the incident.
Unknown herdsmen have invaded a village in Ogun…
On Friday, some soldiers were reported to have returned to one of the villages; Ubeku, in Eseluland, and asked one of the victims to retract the allegation.
The activities of the soldiers were secretly recorded by one of the villagers who gave the audio clip to our correspondent.
The 3:59 minutes audio revealed that the Army had received the petition over the allegation that its officers from 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, allegedly connived with herdsmen to flog some members of the community for refusing the herdsmen to graze their cattle on their farmlands.
One of the soldiers who appeared to have been commissioned to investigate the allegation was heard asking the victim to make a video recording of the retraction.
The soldier was heard making frantic efforts to force the victim simply identified as Seye to retract his statement but he insisted that he was flogged.
The soldier was heard saying, “…I want you to video him because your name is what we have in the petition. Your name is what we have so you will record him now. He will call his name and say that nobody touched you.
“I have to write a report on the investigation. I want to speak with him. Then, you, being the Baale and the youth leader, if that is done I think I am okay with it.
“You will say from you who claimed that you were beaten mercilessly because you asked a question; soldiers spit on you. He will call his name as you are recording him and say all these are false. Nobody touched him and whatever he said, nobody forced him to say; he said it out of his freewill in the presence of the Baale and the youth leader and of course members of the community. Are you getting me? Go ahead.”
The soldier however warned that failure of the victim to make the retraction might force the Army to return to arrest him and refuse an emergency call from the community.
He said, “Let me tell you what this thing means; the need to clear this air. If you don’t clear it, next time when they call, the Army will not respond because you people have alleged and penned the name of the Army in a bad light, and the Army will not respond when there is any emergency in this place.
“If they don’t respond, you can’t blame them. So, the need to clear this is very important. If I were you, I would come out clear because your name is everywhere in the petition they wrote; that you were beaten mercilessly and look at you here. So, the earlier you clear the air, the better for you.”
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two pastors, Chukwuka Stephen and Ejim Stephen, for allegedly killing their brother-in-law, Peter Chukwuyem, in the Papa-Ibafo area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement on Thursday that the suspects, while living with Chukwuyem, were using the frontage of his house to conduct church services.
He stated that Chukwuka and Ejim became embittered when Chukwuyem stopped them from conducting church services in the frontage of his house, adding that when the victim went to the farm, the brothers allegedly waylaid and killed him.
Oyeyemi said, “Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two self-acclaimed pastors, Chuckwuka Stephen, 43, and Ejim Stephen, 39, for killing their brother in-law, Peter Chukwuyem, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
“The victim, who was married to the elder sister of the two suspects, brought them from their village in Delta State to Papa-Ibafo in Ogun State, where they lived with the couple for some time. While they were living with the deceased, they were using the frontage of his house for their church activities, but when their conduct was no longer pleasant to their brother-in-law, he sent them away from the place, which led to them nursing animosity against the deceased.
“On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the deceased went to his farm with two of his teenage daughters in the morning and met the suspects on the farm. Because of the presence of the two girls, the suspects were unable to do anything to him for fear of being exposed. In the evening of the same day, the deceased went back to the farm alone and the suspects, who had been waiting for him on the farm, accosted him and butchered him to death.”
Oyeyemi said when it was getting late and the deceased was nowhere to be found, his wife traced him to the farm and found his corpse.
He stated that the police arrested the suspects after the daughters of the deceased informed them that they saw Chukwuka and Ejim on their father’s farm in the morning. He added that during interrogation, the suspects owned up to the crime.
The PPRO said, “It was when the deceased didn’t return on time that his wife traced him to the farm and found his dead body. She subsequently went to the Ibafo Police Station, where she lodged a complaint. The two brothers were later arrested by the police at Ibafo based on the accounts of the two daughters of the deceased, who informed the police that they saw the two suspects earlier on their father’s farm.
“On interrogation, the suspects denied killing their brother-in-law, but when they were confronted by the two daughters of the deceased, they confessed to killing the deceased on his farm, because he deprived them the continuous use of his frontage for their church activities.
“The corpse of the deceased was subsequently removed and deposited in the General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination.”
Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution. (Punch)
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election in Ekiti and Osun states.
The president, who is in a clear lead in the results so far declared in the north, extended his winning streak to the south-west. He is leading in 13 of the 16 local government areas of Ogun state so far declared by INEC. There are 20 LGs in the state.
In Ekiti, Buhari scored a total of 219,231 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar,presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 154,032 votes.
Buhari polled 347,674 votes in Osun while Atiku polled 337,377 votes, with the APC candidate leading with a margin of 10,297.
The figures declared by the collation officers showed that Buhari led in 18 out of the 30 local government areas in the state, while Atiku led in the remaining 12 local government areas.
Below is the presidential result so far declared in Ogun
Remo North LG
Ijebu North-East LG
Ijebu Ode LG
Ogun Waterside LG
Yewa South (Egbado South) LG
Abeokuta South LG
Ado Odo-Ota LG
Ijebu North LG
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PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at Rivers state party rally
By Ike A. Offor
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had another great crowd in his party presidential campaign rally in the stadium in Rivers state. Like his rally in Kano state yesterday, he had a jam-packed stadium and the crowd was entertained by the music superstar, Davido.
His campaign yesterday in Kano state, in which Kwankwasiya was the blaring slogan screamed by everyone in the jam-packed stadium, sent shock waves to the ruling party. The crowd prompted the national chairman of the ruling party, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to allege that the crowd was paid for by Alhaji Kwakwaso.
Oshiomhole reportedly alleged that Kwakwaso bought 700,000 persons who were imported into Nigeria to Kano from Cameroon. An allegation many have seen as a moaning of a dying man.
But many analysts said that if Oshiomhole made such statement, it means that the party is indeed worried by the size of the crowd in Kano state and wanted a way to wish it away by smearing it with such unfounded allegation.
Meanwhile, the outing by the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari was nothing but very shambolic one in Ogun state today. For the very first time since his presidency, Buhari was booed, pelted with water bottles and stones.
Angry looking President Buhari after being booed and stoned at APC rally in Ogun
Buhari was not allowed to finish his part of the ceremony of raising the hand of the gubernatorial candidate of Ogun before he was pelted with water bottles, stones and other items the irate youths found worthy of throwing at him and other Chieftains of APC.
Davido performing at PDP rally in Rivers state
PDP rally in Rivers state
PDP rally in Rivers state
Oshiomhole, Amosun and others were booed, stoned and water bottles were thrown at them. At some point, the DSS agents had to stand between irate youths who were armed with pellets and the president and other APC chieftains.
President Buhari was later taken away by the DSS officers to avoid him sustaining any injury.
PDP presidential candidate, Atiku was rather having some good time in Rivers state where the music star Davido gave a very exciting performance to the crowd.
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The wife of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Dr (Mrs) Abisola Shodipo-Clark
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
The wife of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Dr(Mrs) Abisola Shodipo-Clark, on Tuesday, declared her intention to vie for the Ogun Central Senatorial Seat in the National Assembly in the 2019 general elections.
She said she would be vying on the platform of the African Democratic Congress. It will be recalled that Shodipo-Clark had contested the same position in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had last week declared his intention to contest the same senatorial seat in 2019 on the platform of the ruling party in the state.
She told journalists at the party’s secretariat at Agbeloba, Abeokuta, that she had submitted her letter of intent to the State Chairman of the party, Chief Gbolade Osinowo.
The senatorial aspirant called for more representation of the womenfolk in the National Assembly for optimal development.
He said, “You remember that recent United Nations resolution is that for us to achieve optimal development, especially in developing countries, we need to have at least 60 per cent representation of women in our National Assembly.
“I believe that if this can be achieved, we will be able to get it better, creating health, wealth, development, progress and taking our country out of the recession it is in currently.”
She said if elected in 2019, she promised quality representation for her constituency.
Shodipo-Clark, who was a former Commissioner for Health in the state, assured the leadership of the party of her resolve to ensure its victory in the elections. (Punch)
In a dramatic manner, a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, stormed the rally of one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Oladipupo Adebutu.
Adebutu, who is currently representing Remo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and his supporters were at the rally held within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library when the former President arrived in his Toyota jeep in a convoy of other cars.
This threw the supporters into a wild jubilation, as Obasanjo alighted from the vehicle.
The former President, who is also an in-law to the aspirant, said, “I am just passing by and decided to say hello and wish you well.”
Immediately he extended his pleasantries, he jumped into the jeep and he left with the convoy of cars in his trail to his residence situated within the premises.
Obasanjo had reiterated that he had quit partisan politics when he established his Coalition for Nigeria Movement, which later fused into the African Democratic Congress.
He, however, said his doors remained open for consultations by all Nigerians who shared his views of a united country.
Before the rally, Adebutu had earlier visited the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, in his palace to seek the monarch’s support and blessing.
He was accompanied on the visit by some PDP chieftains in the state and he had earlier donated electricity transformers to four communities in the Abeokuta metropolis. (Punch)
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta A 77-year-old pastor, Samuel Babatunde, has been arrested by the police in Ogun State, in connection with the discovery of suspected human parts buried inside a church.
Also arrested with the cleric, who is the founder of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi Ayo Parish, located on Egan Road in Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota, were three others, including a suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah, and herbalist, Haruna.
While parading the cleric yesterday in Ota, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Jeremiah, 32, specialised in abducting children, and he had already confessed that the pastor of the white garment church was the receiver of the abducted children.
The CP further disclosed that the herbalist was among the suspects who allegedly buried the human parts at the entrance of the church.
According to him, police operatives from the Area Command in Ota on Sunday received technical intelligence about Adeola and eventually apprehended him.
He said: “On the strength of the intelligence, detectives from Ota Area Command were detailed to effect the arrest of the suspect. At about 10:20 am, their efforts paid off when the said Jeremiah Adeola was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed being a serial kidnapper and mentioned a prophet of a white garment church as the receiver of the kidnapped children.
“Upon his revelation, he was taken to the house/church of the said prophet at Iyana-Iyesi Ota, where one Prophet Samuel, 67, a pastor in charge of the church, and one Haruna, 42, a traditional worshiper, were arrested.
“The floor of the church was dug, as described by the first suspect, and parts suspected strongly to be human parts were dug out there in.”
The commissioner said the police would conduct a forensic investigation into the case, while giving the assurance that all those found guilty of the crime would be brought to justice, insisting: “Ogun State will never be a safe haven for criminals.”
However, the cleric has denied the allegation, claiming that a pig was buried alive in the church, contrary and not human parts. (The Sun)