A United States District Court has issued a warrant of arrest for a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari, after he was indicted in a multi-million dollar fraud probe by Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.
According to Peoples Gazette, which cited court documents, Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Kyari and produce him in the US for his role in the fraud by Hushpuppi and his co-conspirators.
It was gathered that Hushpuppi had, sometime in 2019, used Kyari, a super cop who in 2017 led the investigation that nabbed billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, to arrest and jail his associate, one Chibuzo Vincent.
Vincent was said to have threatened to expose a $1m fraud committed by Hushpuppi and some five other conspirators against a Qatari businessman. The fraudsters, according to a court indictment, scammed the unnamed businessman by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Qatar.
Hushpuppi conspirators, according to the court document, are 28-year-old Abdulrahman Juma of Kenya alongside four Nigerians: Chibuzo Vincent (40); Yusuf Anifowoshe (26); Rukayat Fashola (28); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (34).
Vincent, however, fell out with Hushpuppi (37) and the latter allegedly used Kyari to arrest and jail him.
“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,” the statement partly read.
But a leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team, which is headed by Kyari, in a Facebook post explained that Hushpuppi called his office and reported a death threat from someone about two years ago.
Vincent was arrested but later let go after the investigation revealed they have money issues between them and have been friends for a long time.
Kyari also said he did not receive any money from Hushpuppi.
Huhspuppi entered a plea through a document that he signed, pleading guilty to money laundering, wire fraud, and felony charges. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison and other penalties.