These are troubled times for Nigerian Super Cop, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, as unsealed court documents in the United States has linked him to alleged Instagram celebrity fraudster, Ramon Abass, better known as Hushpuppi.
Kyari, who is a celebrity police officer in Nigeria for his high-profile crime bursting record, was named in a US Department of Justice federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday, June 28, 2021.
This is coming on the heels of Hushpuppi pleading guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges filed against him by the United States government.
Kyari’s connection to the disgraced celebrity is linked to the indictment of six people in an international scheme to defraud Qatari School founder and then launder over $1 million in illicit proceeds.
Court documents said there was a dispute amongst members of the fraud cartel which made one of the gang members, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent to rat on the others, a move that incensed Hushpuppi to reach Abba Kyari to arrange Vincent’s arrest and jail.
The statement reads: “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.”
…I’m innocent – Abba Kyari
Meanwhile, Abba Kyari has denied the accusation in his verified Facebook page.
In his statement, Mr Kyari said he did not demand any money from Hushpuppi. He, however, said he introduced the accused to a cloth tailor whom Hushpuppi paid about N300,000.
“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 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…”