Hushpuppi: US court orders arrest of Abba Kyari

July 29, 2021
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A warrant for the arrest of Abba Kyari, Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, has been issued by a US court.

According to a court document obtained by Peoples Gazette, Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California directed the FBI to locate Kyari and extradite him to the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, and his co-conspirators.

According to the PUNCH, Hushpuppi employed Kyari to arrest and imprison a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, after the latter threatened to disclose a $1 million fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

Hushpuppi allegedly conspired with five others, including Vincent, to defraud a businessperson (whose name was withheld) by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Qatar, according to the court’s indictment.

According to the affidavit, Hushpuppi collaborated with several of his criminal associates, including 28-year-old Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya and 40-year-old Chibuzo Vincent from Nigeria. Yusuf Anifowoshe, 26, Rukayat Fashola, 28, and Bolatito Agbabiaka, 34, are the others.

Hushpuppi, on the other hand, reportedly pursued Vincent following a disagreement among the team and after the latter threatened to reveal the scam to the Qatari billionaire.

“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is accused of arranging for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment at Abbas’ request, and then sending Abbas photos of Vincent following his detention. Kyari reportedly also gave Abbas bank account information for an account into which Abbas may deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” according to a portion of the statement.

However, a head of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team stated in a Facebook post that Hushpuppi phoned his office around two years ago and reported a death threat from someone.

According to the officer, the suspect, Vincent, was arrested but subsequently freed after an inquiry found that “they are long-time friends who have money difficulties between them.”

Kyari further stated that he received no money from Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi, 37, pled guilty to crimes including money laundering, wire fraud, and a felony in a plea bargain form that he personally signed. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail and additional fines.

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