The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed how the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari, flew to Dubai to enjoy an extravagant lifestyle with suspected Internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi.
KanyiDaily had reported how Hushpuppi was arrested in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai on June 10, 2020, alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
The fraudster was subsequently extradited to the US after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’ where he was accused of defrauding over 1.9 million victims to the tune of $435.6 million (N168 billion).
On July 4, 2020, Hushpuppi was charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court, an offense that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if convicted.
The fraudster is now exploring a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government after he agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering in the multi-million-dollar fraud charges filed against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (USAO).
DCP Abba Kyari Enjoys Good Time with Hushpuppi in Dubai
The FBI in court documents seen by Peoples Gazette revealed that Abba Kyari abandoned his duties in Nigeria sometime in 2019 and flew to Dubai to “enjoy a good time” with Hushpuppi, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
According to the court documents released on Wednesday, “Mr Abbas sent a car and driver to drive Kyari around during that trip.”
Also during the trip, Kyari bragged to Abbas about some of his so-called crime-busting activities in Nigeria, to which Abbas responded by playing allegiance to the police chief.
“Am really happy to be your boy,” Hushpuppi told Kyari in an intercepted message. “I promise to be a good boy to you sir.”
How Hushpuppi Bribed Abba Kyari In $1.1 Million Deal
In the court documents, Hushpuppi had also confessed to bribing Kyari to have one of his rivals, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over the $1.1 million fraud that victimized a businessman in Qatar.
According to the indictment, Hushpuppi allegedly conspired with five others – including Vincent – to defraud the Qatari businessman by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school.
Following the deal, Hushpuppi asked Kyari to arrest and jail Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the proceeds from the fraud.
This was after Vincent contacted the Qatari businessman and informed him that he was being scammed by a fraud syndicate involving him and Hushpuppi.
This comes after Hushpuppi agreed to plead guilty to “Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering,” an offense that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if convicted.