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EXCLUSIVE: How Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun Was Jailed For Credit Card Fraud In Florida, USA

SaharaReporters has exclusively obtained the criminal record of how Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun was jailed in 1986 for credit card fraud in Miami Dade Florida, USA.

The governor was said to have used a pseudo name (Shawn Michael Davids) with the aim of concealing his criminal identity.

 

The record revealed that Dapo Abiodun was jailed for committing criminal offences which bordered on credit card fraud, petty theft and check forgery.

He was arrested on November 7, 1986, for fighting and injuring a police officer in an attempt to resist arrest.

While being processed at the station, his fingerprint was run through the crime database and it was discovered that the Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun being processed for detention was the same as Shawn Michael Davids.

His criminal record and history were thus cemented and he was jailed.

According to documents obtained by SaharaReporters, Abiodun’s jail number was 8600B9436.

In 2015, while contesting for the Ogun East Senatorial seat against the late Buruji Kasamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he applied for the redaction of his criminal records in Miami Dade, Florida.

This act of concealment meant he could lie on his Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forms that he had no prior criminal records. A perjury offence that could have disqualified him from ever holding an appointive or elective office in Nigeria.

The redaction application details are as follows;

CFN.. 20150534571

BOOK…29743

PAGE…1170

DATE…18th August 2015

TIME…04:20:51pm

 

It was processed by Harvey Euvin, the Miami Dade City Clerk of Court.

A source who spoke to SaharaReporters said they had in 2021 engaged the services of a US criminal attorney (name withheld) through whom they made an application to get the unredacted document and the request was granted.

According to the unredacted documents, the “NOLLE PROSEQUI” indicated in the criminal records was a decision of the police and the District Attorney (DA) not to proceed to trial in exchange for Dapo’s cooperation to name his accomplices.

Abiodun’s criminal past has made him ineligible to hold public office in line with the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A group under the auspices of Coalition of Ogun State Students (COSS) in a letter dated March 17, 2022, signed by its Convener, Comrade Oladimeji Uthman, has, however, given the governor two weeks to respond to the allegations against him as contained in the documents or face legal action.

 

Committee (CECPC), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). In the said petition, they accused you of allegedly concealing criminal offenses committed in the USA in the 1980s, they also called on the Chairman of the APC’s CECPC to remove you as the Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the APC National Convention slated for March 26, 2022. Although the petitions were widely covered by reputable print media and online platforms, no one within your administration or party (APC, Ogun State) has responded to the allegations. As stakeholders in the Ogun project and believers of your administration’s slogan ‘
Building Our Future Together’
, we take your deliberate silence as an affront to the good people of Ogun State and utmost disregard for the esteemed office you occupy. It is thus imperative for us to remind you that; 1.
 
As the Executive Governor and Chief Security Officer of Ogun State, you are holding that office in trust for the Ogun State people, 2.
 
You are accountable to every indigene and lawful resident of Ogun State. 3.
 
Your actions or non-actions affect how Ogun State and its people are perceived by the outside world. 4.
 
You owe it to us to be above board while discharging your constitutional responsibilities. 5.
 
You must be courageous as a leader to take responsibility for your actions, past and present, regardless of the consequence.
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THE ALLEGATIONS.
1.
 
That at 2:46pm on July 12, 1986, at the American Express Travellers Office located at 32, Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida, Officer G. Clayton of the CGPD arrested one Shawn Michael Davis (an African American male with DOB June 22, 1959) for Forgery, uttering a forged Travellers Cheque, grand theft and theft of a credit card belonging to Mr. John A. Moruay. 2.
 
That at 8:20pm on November 6, 1986, Officers R. Ubieta and R. Stewart of the MDPD, assisted by US secret service agent, S.A, Tim Cristine, arrested one Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun (a male Security guard, an African of Nigerian origin with DOB May 29, 1960) at 85ST, SW 107AVE (Horizons East) for forgery, uttering forged instrument and resisting arrest with violence. 3.
 
That while being processed at the Miami (Metropolitan) Dade police department (MDPD) for detention, the fingerprint of the suspect, Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, was run on the US criminal database and it was discovered that the suspect is same person as the Michael Shawn Davis (in (1) above – who then was still facing trial, and released on bail, at Coral Gables) 4.
 
This revelation was a pointer that Oladapo Oluseun Abiodun (DOB May 29, 1960) used a pseudonym Shawn Michael Davis (and a fake DOB June 22, 1959)
 
to conceal his criminal identity. A criminal indictment, that still subsists in the Miami Dade County, Florida, criminal record to this day, was accordingly upheld for Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun.
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5.
 
That on the 18
th
 of August 2015 at exactly 3:18 pm, the Ogun East Senatorial Candidate of the APC in Ogun State, Nigeria, Oladapo Oluseun Abiodun, applied for the redaction of his criminal records in Miami Dade, Florida, USA. 6.
 
It was thus established that the Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, (DOB May 29, 1960, Alias Shawn Michael Davis) is the same as Prince Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, the incumbent Governor of Ogun State. 7.
 
That in a bid to conceal your criminal past and indictment. you applied for that redaction in 2015. We are concerned that you knowingly made that concealment to evade any possible exposure that would have questioned your eligibility to participate in future elections and any fallout from the 2015 Ogun East Senatorial elections. 8.
 
That, despite being aware that you were not qualified to contest any elective position according to extant provisions in the Nigerian Constitution, you went ahead to procure a governorship form in 2018, contested and we voted for you, thus misleading over 240,000 Ogun State voters who are mostly youths
 CONCERNS AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS
We wish to bring to your attention, Your Excellency, that your silence is no longer golden in the face of these weighty allegations which are backed by equally weighty documentary evidence. Since your administration had previously responded to less important issues in the past, you must as a matter of urgency respond to the
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allegations above because your silence would be too inadequate to make this go away anytime soon. Secondly, your Excellency, we have now become objects of ridicule amongst fellow young adults across the country due to the widespread cases of ritual killings, financial crimes, and online fee frauds (AKA yahoo-yahoo) in Ogun State. As the Chief Executive Officer of Ogun State, under whose administration these crimes are rife, where is the moral authority you would summon if you ordered the prosecution of anyone engaged in the criminal activities mentioned above if you choose to remain silent about an equally damning allegation of credit card fraud (yahoo yahoo of the 1980s) made against your person? Finally, your Excellency, following the documents received from ADAPHAI (herewith attached), we contacted the Metropolitan Dade Police Department (MDPD) in Miami County, Florida and we wish to inform you that several documents much more damning than the ones released by ADAPHAI, detailing your criminal past, were released to us. Therefore, if Section 182, subsection (d)(e)(j), Section 138 (a)(1) and 31(5)(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) are to be considered, coupled with relevant sections of the Electoral Act and Sections 117, 120 and 125a of the Criminal Code Act, we infer that you are not qualified to hold public office in Nigeria.
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DEMANDS AND CONCLUSION
In the light of the foregoing, we hereby respectfully request that you provide unequivocal clarifications within the next 14 days. Ignoring this noble request will leave us with no other choice but to take appropriate lawful means that will compel an action, expected of a twenty-first-century public office holder, from you. In conclusion, we know that as a Yoruba Prince, you are aware that the history of the Yorubas – through several momentous anecdotes- is replete with the
Omoluabi
concept of restitution. This cultural conduct handed down from our forebears essentially ensures that prominent Yorubas caught in criminal actions that would embarrass self, family, and society, often self-immolate to preserve the dignity of their family and the larger society. We, therefore, wish you could uphold our dignity as a people and tow the honourable path. Thank you. Yours faithfully, For: Coalition of Ogun Students and Youths (COSSY)
Comrade Oladimeji Uthman. Convener

The letter read in part, “Since your administration had previously responded to less important issues in the past, you must as a matter of urgency respond to the allegations above because your silence would be too inadequate to make this go away anytime soon.

“Secondly, your Excellency, we have now become objects of ridicule amongst fellow young adults across the country due to the widespread cases of ritual killings, financial crimes, and online fee frauds (aka Yahoo-Yahoo) in Ogun State.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Ogun State, under whose administration these crimes are rife, where is the moral authority you would summon if you ordered the prosecution of anyone engaged in the criminal activities mentioned above if you choose to remain silent about an equally damning allegation of credit card fraud (Yahoo-Yahoo of the 1980s) made against your person?

“Finally, your Excellency, following the documents received from ADAPHAI (herewith attached), we contacted the Metropolitan Dade Police Department (MDPD) in Miami County, Florida and we wish to inform you that several documents much more damning than the ones released by ADAPHAI, detailing your criminal past, were released to us. Therefore, if Section 182, subsection (d)(e)(j), Section 138 (a)(1) and 31(5)(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) are to be considered, coupled with relevant sections of the Electoral Act and Sections 117, 120 and 125a of the Criminal Code Act, we infer that you are not qualified to hold public office in Nigeria.”

The group also asked the State House of Assembly to investigate the governor’s past and take appropriate legislative action.

Meanwhile, when SaharaReporters contacted the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin for reaction on the documents, the governor’s aide neither answered the calls nor replied to a text message sent to him.

Abiodun’s Aide Also Charged In the US For Fraud

It would be recalled that the governor had in May 2021 suspended his aide, Abidemi Rufai, who was arrested in the United States for an alleged $350,000 (about N140 million) COVID-19 unemployment fraud.

Rufai was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York based on a criminal complaint.

He was subsequently charged with defrauding the Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000.

According to the US Department of Justice, District of Washington, 42-year-old Rufai was alleged to have used the pseudonym Sandy Tang and the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with Employment Security Department for unemployment benefits last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor was also indicted in the investigation of the global International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)-led Pandora Papers project.

The investigation showed that the governor was the ultimate beneficial owner of companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and that he failed to declare the companies and whatever assets they hold in his asset declaration filings with the Code of Conduct Bureau.

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