You Took Hush Money-US Court Accuses Abba Kyari


*No, You’re Trying to Hush Me, Kyari Fires Back


By Ernest Omoarelojie


Office of the United States Attorney’s office in California, has alleged that frontline international fraud suspect, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpupi, paid one of Nigeria’s respected top police brass, Abba Kyari, to jail one of his (Hushpuppi’s) associates, Chibuzor Vincent.
The allegation is contained in a court statement released in the US on Wednesday. Titled, ‘Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds’.
According to the statement, Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty to numerous charges, among which are money laundering, wire fraud and felony, used Kyari, a leader of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, to jail Vincent, one of several other individuals alleged to have conspired with Hushpuppi to fleece a businessperson in Qatar with claims that they are consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school.
Alleged members of the Hushpuppi team include one 28 year-old Kenyan, Abdulrahman Juma, Nigeria’s Yusuf Anifowoshe, 26, Rukayat Fashola, 28, Bolatito Agbabiaka, 34 and 40-year-old estranged Chibuzor Vincent who fell our with Hushpuppi and other members over an unconfirmed butched deal.
The court paper also alleged that while Juma fronted as a facilitator and consultant for the illusory bank loans, Hushpuppi acted ‘Malik’, a Wells Fargo banker in New York. Vincent made available bogus documents and created fake bank we site and phone banking lines to help provide “…support and false fed to the victim”, according to court documents.
“Vincent, in turn, allegedly provided support for the false narratives fed to the victim by, among other things, creating bogus documents and arranging for the creation of a fake bank website and phone banking line,” it read in part.
The team is alleged to have defrauded the victim of more than $1.1m and went on to launder the proceeds of the fraud in several ways.
“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.”
But in a counter statement released via his verified Facebook page, Abba Kyari debunked the allegation, noting that Hushpuppi called his office some two years ago and reported a death threat from someone.
Kyari added that the police picked up the suspect, later identified as Vincent but released him investigations revealed they “they are long time friends who have money issues between them”.
“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,” Kyari’s statement read in part.
Further clarifying the relationship between him and Hushpupi, Kyari added that no one demanded or received any gratification from Hushpuppi but that after seeing some of his (Kyari’s) native atyires on social media, Hushpuppi said he liked them and was subsequently connected to the individual selling the clothes whom he later contacted and forward about N300, 000 directly into his account.
“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,” Kyari’s statement also read in part.
It is interesting to note that the allegation against Kyari is coming shortly after Kyayi was picture recently, celebrating with the Oba-borne Obi Cubana, a multi billionaire, whose rather frivolous conduct while burying his mother raise eye concerned brows among many social commentators. Among others and in the main, their concern is about the propriety of his romance with such people and presence in their midst at such events, even if they are genuine given, in particular, the fact that it is a moral low to his position as an anti crime police officer. Relating with uch people, they surmised, can possibly put him in a position that could easily be compromised. With the new allegation, such concern may be germane after all.

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