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By Frank Oshanugor
Nigeria’s top rate police crime burster, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) has reacted to allegation trending on the social media to the effect that he received bribe from embattled Ramon Olorunwa Abbas (a.k.a. Hushpuppi) who is currently facing trial in United States of America over internet related fraud.
Abbas had reportedly told his prosecutors that he wired some money to Abba Kyari in his capacity as the head of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to help him arrest and jail his co-fraudster Kelly Chibuzor Vincent who was in Nigeria at the time. Abbas and Vincent were said to be locked in a dispute over sharing of $1.1million allegedly scammed from a Dubai businessman.
Reacting to the allegation in a statement via his Facebook page, Kyari confirmed that his team truly arrested a suspect whom Hushpuppi claimed was threatening his family in Nigeria. He refuted the allegation of receiving any money from Hushpuppi saying “nobody demanded for a Kobo from Abbas and nobody collected any amount from him.
Hushpuppi in a trending news had deposed in a US Court how he once bribed Abba Kyari to do a hatchet job for him.
DCP Abba Kyari’s statement has read thus: “Friends, Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about two years 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, but after investigations we discovered there was no 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 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.”
Meanwhile, another story trending on the social media soon after Kyari’s refutal of the bribe allegation, is to the effect that a US District Court has issued a warrant of arrest for DCP Kyari over his association with Hushpuppi. Judge Otis Wright of the US District of California has reportedly ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to produce Kyari in the United States for his alleged role in a multi-million dollar fraud.
According to Peoples Gazette, a court warrant to arrest Kyari was requested by prosecutors on February 12, 2021 and another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.
Judge Wrights permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in US custody was unsealed on July 26, 2021.
Efforts made by AtlanticNewsonline to speak further on the issue with DCP Abba Kyari on his mobile number was unsuccessful as the line was switched off. Neither could the Police Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police be reached as he could neither pick nor returns calls.