Embattled Nigerian socialite, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi, has alleged that he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated police Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police (DCP), to arrest a co-fraudster in a whopping $1.1m deal, US court documents reveal.
This is coming days after the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) urged Nigerians to stop offering their officers a bribe.
According to a statement by the US department of justice seen by Vanguard, Hushpuppi asked Kyari to jail Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, his colleague, after both were locked in a dispute over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from the Qatari businessperson.
In the filings by the officials, Vincent was said to have contacted the victim and informed him that he was being scammed by Hushpuppi’s syndicate.
As stated in the documents, this enraged Hushpuppi who was said to have contacted Kyari to arrest and jail him.
Hushpuppi was also quoted as saying that Kyari allegedly sent photos of Vincent in jail and followed this up with a bank account number to which a wire transfer should be made for the successful arrest and detention of his co-fraudster.
“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.
“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” the statement read in part.
It’s a lie, Abba Kyari reacts to Hushpuppi’s ‘bribery’ allegation
Reacting to the allegation, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari has denied receiving money from him.
Vanguard earlier reported that US court documents revealed that Abbas reportedly paid off Kyari to arrest a colleague of his whom he had a dispute with.
However, Kyari admitted to knowing about the money-related dispute, claiming it was on the basis of the call that Hushppupi’s colleague was arrested.
He made this known in a statement he issued on Thursday.
“Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family.”
“We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life And they are long time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.”
“Nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to Save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened.”
“Later, he saw some of my Native Clothes and Caps on my social media page and he said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account. The Native Clothes and Caps (5 sets) were brought to our office and He sent somebody to Collect them in our office. Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him.
“We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the Suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the Suspect.”
“This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.”
“For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, they will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of Service for 2 decades is open for everybody to see. They will continue seeing us serving our father land and we will continue responding to all distress calls from all Nigerians provided they are life threatening.”
“For Good Nigerians who appreciate our Service please don’t worry as our hands are clean and they should please not respond to those celebrating and creating many false Narratives without any Evidence. We are used to such types of people and false newsmakers and distributors.”
Arrest Abba Kyari now — Reactions trail Hushpuppi’s ‘bribery’ allegation
Nigeria’s infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who recently pleaded guilty in the United States, has narrated how he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
According to the US Department of Justice, a criminal complaint initiated the prosecution of Hushpuppi in February as court documents ordered unsealed showed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20.
A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24million in losses.
Officials said in court filings that Abbas disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Nigeria’s police chief, Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1million dupe of a Qatari businessperson. An allegation the latter described as ‘untrue’ and ‘an attempt to tarnish his image’.
Reacting, some social media users on Thursday, took to their handles to share their views on the allegation.
Below are some of the reactions gathered by Vanguard:
@De_Royal: “Is time we test EFCC efficiency in Nigeria. Will be looking forward for EFCC to take action and arrest Abba Kyari for cyber crime related issues and offence.”
@Caallistus_Franklin: “He rushed to Oba uninvited looking for well to do Igbo sons and daughters he will go after with EFCC.”
@Adeyinka_Yusuf_Salisu: “No wonder I saw him at Oba.”
@Iyke_Timothy: “For them shouting huspupiiiiiiii, I want u all out there to know that if we are not punish for our misdeeds, God will definitely do that weather direct or indirect….u cannot fraud your fellow man and be at peace….NEVER.”
@Anas S Adam: “This is just a false claim to tarnish his image and it will never work, enjoy your imprisonment.”
@Aninweke Christopher Ekene: “You will now understand why he described Cubana as a hard working man…reason the cartel.”
@Phemmy Adesanmi: “Reason with me, how much is this man salary how much he dey collect make him built multi-million House and cars. This people are big thieves and àgbà yahoo yahoo.”
@Horla Mercy: “There is nothing new here. Almost all the Police Officers in Nigeria have been involved in aiding and abetting fraud. The only reason Hushpuppi is still in prison is that he committed his financial crimes outside Nigeria.”
@Kaleb Hiram: “If he can prove his allegations, Abba Kyari is not above the law, he should be sacked.”
@_paklokito: “Naija James bond in the poteux poteux Rolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor… laughing.”
@novieverest: “Watch Abba Kyari get promoted after his Hushpuppi bribe stuff. You can hardly get justice in Nigeria. Many Nigerians in prison without trying don’t have files attached to their names, they are there because one wicked human is more powerful than they are. We live by grace sha.”