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Netizens reacts to former Ogun State suspended SSA Dollar Rain

Throwback video of Ogun state’s suspended Senior Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun at a party clad in Arab attire, spraying dollars.

The suspended SSA, Abidemi Rufai came under criticism on social media, particularly Twitter, over his alleged involvement in a $350,000 (about N140 million) COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States.

He was arrested last Friday by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York before boarding a flight to Amsterdam.

He is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday.

The money wired is said to be unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department.

According to the United States Department of Justice, wire fraud is punishable by up to 30 years in prison when it relates to benefits paid in connection with a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

In reaction to the report, Mr Abiodun ordered the immediate suspension of Mr Rufai.

The governor’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, confirmed the suspension on Tuesday.