A court in the United States of America has issued a warrant of arrest for Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, over his indictment in the case concerning the infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi.
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 United States for his alleged role in the fraud committed by Hushpuppi, according to court documents obtained by online medium, Peoples Gazette.
Hushpuppi told US officials that he reportedly paid off Kyari to arrest a colleague of his, Chibuzo Vincent, with whom he had a dispute following a fraudulent business deal with a Qatari businessman.
The court document disclosed that Hushpuppi worked with some of his partners in crime – including the 40-year-old, 28-year-old Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya, Yusuf Anifowoshe, 26; Rukayat Fashola, 28; and Bolatito Agbabiaka, 34, both from Nigeria – to defraud the businessperson (whose name was withheld) by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Qatar.
According to the court document, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest the leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team on February 12, 2021. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.
“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 document partly read.
Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.
It was not immediately clear whether the US has made an extradition request to the Nigerian government.
Kyari, the leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team (IRT), however, debunked the allegations in a statement on Thursday.
The police officer, popularly known as “super cop” because of his resourcefulness in leading his team to bust criminals, denied ever collected money from Hushpuppi, saying it was the fraudster who raised a false alarm in a distress message sent to his office to have his associate (Vincent) arrested because of a threat to life.