Abba Kyari, a well-decorated Deputy Commissioner in the Nigeria Police Force have been accused by the US Authorities of working with international fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.
US Authorities allege that Abba Kyari worked with Hushpuppi to punish the latter’s partner with whom he duped a Qatari to the tune of $1.1 million.
The allegation came after Hushpuppi reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of fraud on Tuesday in an American court.
However, Kyari had refuted any misconduct, claiming that Hushpuppi’s partner was apprehended after his office was called about a likely case of threat to life.
“Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him,” Kyari said.
“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.”
In a statement,the United States Department of Justice said that Hushpuppi connived with one Abdulrahman Imraan Juma, a.k.a. “Abdul,” 28, of Kenya, and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, 40, of Nigeria, to defraud the Qatari businessperson by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school.
The DoJ said the Kenyan national allegedly impersonated as a facilitator and consultant for the non-existing bank loans, while Hushpuppi acted as “Malik,” a Wells Fargo banker in New York.
Vincent was contended to have “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.”
Another Nigerian, 26-year-old Yusuf Adekinka Anifowoshe, participated in the crime with a call to the victim posing as “Malik.” Anifowoshe was arrested on July 22.
How the money was laundered
On July 22, two people were arrested by the accused of the the fraud. The two were speculated to be part of laundering proceeds from fraud.
Accusations contend that, Abbas was supported in laundering the proceeds by Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, a.k.a. “Morayo,” 28, of Valley Stream, New York, and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, a.k.a. “Bolamide,” 34, of Linden, New Jersey.
Anifowoshe, Fashola and Agbabiaka are to be summoned in Los Angeles in August.
Investigators gather that some of the money was converted to $50, 000 cashier checks which Hushpuppi and another conspirator used in obtaining the citizenship of Christopher and Nevis, a tiny island nation in the Caribbean also known as Sit Kitts and Nevis.
About $230,000 of the stolen funds was allegedly used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to Abbas in Dubai and thereafter materialized in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.
Meanwhile, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has authorized an internal review of the allegations.
In a statement by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, PFPRO, CP Fran Mba, the police affirmed receipt of the allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against DCP Abba Kyari.
It reaffirmed obligation to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with FBI, and other international partners.
According to Mba, further outcomes on the case would be conveyed to members of the public accordingly.
Furthermore, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has requested a forensic investigation into the case.
The party said the disclosure about the alleged involvement of Kyari, the head of Nigeria’s intelligence response unit, as a receiver of proceeds of international fraud is alarming, troublesome and a tinge on the virtue of our country.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that: “it is indeed disquieting that the integrity of our nation has fallen so abysmally low under the corrupt and fraud-patronizing President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, to the extent that the head of its police intelligence unit is being charged in connection with international fraud.”
Moreover, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has urged Abba Kyari to proceed along to the United States to defend himself against the accusations.