Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has refuted the allegation of bribery leveled against him by infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi that he paid the cop to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.
A US court documents revealed that Hushpuppi reportedly paid off Kyari to arrest a colleague of his whom he had a dispute with.
Few hours after the alleged bribery scandal has gone viral in the media, Kyari in a statement denied ever collected money from Hushpuppi. He revealed that it was the fraudster who raised a false alarm in a distress message he sent to his office to have his friend, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, arrested because of a threat to life.
Kyari narrated his own side of the story, saying, “Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2 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 longtime 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 insisted that nobody demanded any gratification from the embattled Instagram personality, Hushpuppi , who was arrested in the UAE in June 2020 alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft and had been facing trial in the US .
“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. 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.
“This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted,” he said.
Kyari, however, warned that the public should not take Hushpuppi serious, as he and his team are professional cops who operate within the ambit of the law and corrupt-free.
“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 2 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.”