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FBI document shows how Hushpuppi hosted DCP Abba Kyari in Dubai, paid him to arrest co-fraudster


A United States court has issued a warrant of arrest for Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria for his role in fraud perpetrated by Hushpuppi, and his co-conspirators.

Judge 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 US to face charges.

Kyari was implicated in the multi-million dollars case involving Hushpuppi in the United States.

According to US court documents, the FBI said Hushpuppi and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money. 

Kyari was also indicted of receiving bribes from Hushpuppi to arrest one Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, a member of the syndicate in Nigeria.

US officials said during interrogation, Hushpuppi disclosed that he gave the senior police officer money to arrest and jail Vincent in Nigeria after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari businessman.

According to the indictment by the court, Hushpuppi allegedly conspired with five others, including Vincent, to defraud the businessman by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Qatar.

The document said Hushpuppi worked with some of his partners in the crime including Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya, Yusuf Anifowoshe, Rukayat Fashola, and Bolatito Agbabiaka from Nigeria.

However, Hushpuppi allegedly hunted Vincent after a dispute broke out among the team and after the latter threatened to expose the fraud to the Qatari businessman.

According to the affidavit, Kyari is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Hushpuppi's’ directive and then sent him photographs of Vincent after his arrest. 

Kyari also allegedly sent Hushpuppi bank account details for an account into which he could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.

American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, according to court documents. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.

Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in US custody was unsealed on July 26.

Kyari, in a hurried statement on Thursday, denied receiving any money from Hushpuppi, but admitted arresting Vincent after receiving a call from the embattled Instagram celebrity.

The acclaimed "super cop" said that Hushpuppi called his office and reported a death threat from Vincent about two years ago.

He said Vincent was arrested but later released after investigations revealed that "there was no life threat from the Suspect."

But FBI, in the court documents revealed how Hushpuppi hosted Kyari at his residence in Dubai.

In investigation by Andrew John Innocenti, a special agent with the FBI, revealed the pair had a long-standing relationship.

According to the report, admitted as evidence at the US district court in California, the DCP first met Hushpuppi in 2018 when he visited him in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The document also revealed that during the visit, Hushpuppi sent a car and his driver to pick up Kyari.

It added that their meeting led to several interactions including the arrest of Chibuzo.

“Based on messages I reviewed, Abbas appears to have first interacted with Kyari in September 2019, when Kyari traveled to the UAE,” the report read.

“The conversation indicated that Abbas sent a car and driver to drive Kyari during that trip. Soon thereafter, Kyari sent Abbas a video slideshow which showed some personal photographs of Kyari, some of which appeared to have been taken in the UAE.

“Later in September, after Kyari sent Abbas an article that discussed him arresting alleged kidnappers, Abbas wrote, in part, to Kyari, ‘Am really happy to be ur boy,’ and later, ‘I promise to be a good boy to u sir.”

The investigation also revealed that Hushpuppi and Kyari discussed payment for the arrest of Vincent Chibuzo.

“Abbas further told Kyari that he wanted to pay money to send Chibuzo to jail for a long time, stating ‘Please sir I want to spend money to send this boy to jail, let him go for a very long time,” it added.

“Kyari responded, ‘Ok bro I understand I will discuss with my team who arrested him . . . And handling the case We will do something about it.’

“Abbas responded, ‘let me know how I can send money to the team sir let them deal with him like an armed robber.”

It also quoted Kyari as replying to Hushpuppi: “OK I will send their account details to you.”

The investigation said, “approximately six minutes later, Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than KYARI himself.”

It added that Hushpuppi would later respond “Ok sir, tomorrow by noon”, indicating that he would make the payment to Kyari’s team by the next day.

According to the FBI, the idea was to keep Chibuzor behind bars for at least a month for Hushpuppi to conclude his criminal activities with the Qatari businessman.

The plot succeeded as Hushpuppi was able to dupe the man off another huge cash while Chibuzor was being detained by Kyari.

Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in June 2020 alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.

He was later extradited to the US where he's facing charges for allegedly defrauding 1.9 million victims over $300 million.

The embattled Nigerian socialite had recently pleaded guilty to the money laundering charges against him, risking 20 years imprisonment.

See the FBI court documents below.

You can download the full 69-page document HERE.

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