A United States’ Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Nigeria’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Abba Kyari.
In a 64 page document dated July 26, Otis Wright of the States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, to arrest and detain the DCP for allegedly having ties with embattled Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
It would be recalled that Hushpppi was arrested in Dubai and flown to the US.
He pleaded guilty to charges filed against him by the United States Government for money laundering.
His guilty plea bargain was filed at a U.S. Central District Court of California and signed by him and his lawyer, Louis Shapiro, and the Assistant United States Attorney, Anil Antony, on July 4.
The 38-year-old Nigerian risks a 20-year jail term if found guilty.
The court documents released yesterday titled: “Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds,” Kyari was allegedly bribed to arrest one Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, 40, in Nigeria, who created bogus documents and arranged for the creation of a fake bank website and phone banking line to support the defrauding of a business person trying to provide $1.1m for the funding of a school in Qatar.
Vincent was said to have contacted the businessman after a dispute with Hushpuppi and other members of the syndicate to expose the fraud. Angered by his move, Hushpuppi had ordered Kyari to arrest him in Nigeria and lock him up.
Kyari, after arresting and locking up Vincent, reportedly sent photos as confirmation to Hushpuppi, who sent the police officer some money via a provided bank account number.
Abba Kyari denied taking money from Hushpuppi but that he only sent to his dress maker.
He said in a statement: “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.”