Abba Kyari, a well-known Nigerian police officer, has been indicted by Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, a well-known accused fraudster in a multi-million dollars scam also involving Kelly Chibuzor Vincent E-Nigeria Newspaper understands.
Hushpuppi, who recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud in the United States, allegedly narrated how he bribed Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari in a $1.1 million fraudulent deal to silence his co-conspirator Kelly Chibuzor Vincent.
A criminal complaint was filed against Hushpuppi in February, according to the US Department of Justice, and court documents ordered unsealed revealed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian native, pleaded guilty on April 20.
Abbas’ guilty deal, which was entered late Tuesday, details his role in the school-finance fraud, as well as multiple other cyber and business email compromise operations that resulted in losses totaling more than $24 million.
According to court documents, Abbas admitted to paying bribes to Nigeria’s decorated cop, Abba Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and imprisoned in Nigeria over a dispute over a $1.1 million swindle of a Qatari businessman.
Abbas had requested that Kyari arrest and imprison a fellow fraudster, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after the two had become embroiled in a dispute over how to divide the $1.1 million plunder obtained from the Qatari businessman.
Following that, Vincent phoned the victim and informed them that they were being conned by a ring led by him and Abbas.
Abbas was enraged, and he contacted Kyari to have his competitor arrested and imprisoned. According to Abbas, Kyari submitted images of Vincent in jail and then sent Abbas his bank account number, to which a wire transfer should be sent if he did a good job as instructed by Abbas.
“According to court documents, there was a disagreement among conspiracy participants, which reportedly caused Vincent to call the victim and suggest that Abbas and Juma were committing fraud. Following this meeting, Abbas is said to have arranged for Vincent to be imprisoned in Nigeria by Abba Kyari of the Nigerian Police Force.
“According to the affidavit, Kyari, a highly decorated deputy commissioner of police in Nigeria, is accused of orchestrating Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment at Abbas’ request, and then sending Abbas images of Vincent following his detention. The US Justice Department said in a statement that Kyari reportedly supplied Abbas the bank account data for an account into which Abbas could deposit cash for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.
Abbas spent $230,000 on a watch once the $1.1 million fraud was successful, and he also bought officials in St. Kitts and Nevis for his citizenship in that island country.
“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen monies were reportedly used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and later appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts,” according to the report.
“Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently obtain a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by fabricating a false marriage certificate and bribing a government official in St. Kitts,” officials said.
According to a US official, Abbas pleaded guilty to multi-million dollar fraud earlier this month and faces up to 20 years in prison.
In the coming weeks, he will be sentenced, forfeiting part of his assets and his right to appeal, as well as making reparations to the victims of his years-long scam.
Abba Kyari has previously been accused of being bribed by con artists in order to intimidate and imprison competitors who might pose a danger to their business.
The current disclosure may have emphasized the necessity to investigate Abba Kyari’s conduct even further.