Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi has confessed to bribing DCP Abba Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrest and jailed over $1.1M fraud dispute.
Arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), and subsequently extradited to the United States (U.S.), where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based, Hushpuppi has spent the last one year in custody maintaining his innocence.
However, Hushpuppi is now exploring a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.
In published court filings, officials said Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Kyari, who’s one of the most decorated police officers in Nigeria.
Hushpuppi, as seen in the court filings, confessed to bribing Kyari to have one of his rivals, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over the $1.1 million fraud that victimised a Qatari businessman.
Hushpuppi asked Kyari to arrest and jail Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the proceeds from the fraud. This was after Vincent contacted the victim and informed them that they were being scammed by a syndicate involving him and Hushpuppi.
Vincent’s act was said to have angered Hushpuppi, who then contacted Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute.
According to Hushpuppi, Kyari sent pictures of Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to which a wire transfer should be made considering that he fulfilled the task shouldered on him.
“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.
“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,” U.S. Justice department said in a statement.