A Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari, has denied collecting money from Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, to arrest and jail an estranged ‘co-conspirator,’ Chibuzo Vincent.
He said this while reacting to an allegation levelled against him by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.
The court said Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty to various charges, including money laundering, wire fraud, and felony, among others, used Kyari, a leader of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, to jail Vincent.
The allegation was made in a statement released on Wednesday by the court titled, ‘Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds’.
Kyari, in a post on his Facebook page, explained that the N300,000 sent by the suspected international fraudster was for clothes and caps.
He also clarified that the money was sent to the cloth seller’s account and not his own.
He posted, “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 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 (five sets) were brought to our office and He sent somebody to Collect them in our office.
“For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, They will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of Service for two decades is open for everybody to see.
“They will continue seeing us serving our fatherland and we will continue responding to all distress Calls from all Nigerians provided they are life-threatening.
“For Good Nigerians who appreciate our Service please don’t worry as our hands are clean and they should please not respond to those celebrating and creating many false Narratives without any Evidence. We are used to such types of people and false newsmakers and distributors. Thank you all and GOD bless Nigeria.