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Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has denied allegations of conniving with suspected internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka Ray Hushpuppi, to arrest a co-fraudster in a whopping $1.1m deal.
US court documents reveal that Hushpuppi reportedly paid off Kyari to arrest one Kelly Chibuzo Vincent with whom he had a dispute.
The two fraudsters had conspired with others to steal more than $1.1 million from a business person attempting to finance the construction of a school for children in Qatar.
A dispute between the duo forced Vincent to contact the victim to redirect proceeds to himself. This prompted Hushpuppi to take him out with a high-ranking law enforcement officer in Nigeria, Abba Kyari.
According to the affidavit, Kyari carried out the request and sent Hushpuppi photographs of an imprisoned Vincent, as well as account details for his payment.
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.
In a statement released on Thursday, July 29, 2021, Kyari said no money exchanged hands, and he was tricked into arresting Vincent two years ago.
“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.”
Kyari continued: “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.”