It is no longer news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is demanding the arrest of Abba Kyari in connection to a $1.1 million internet fraud that was carried out by Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi pleaded guilty at a US court to charges bordering on money laundering, felony, and wire fraud. It was reported that during interrogation, he said that he paid a bribe to Abba Kyari to arrest a “co-conspirator” identified as Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after the latter tried to outsmart him in a $1.1 million fraud that was being perpetrated against a Qatari businessperson.
The United States District Court for the Central District of California has issued a warrant for the arrest of Abba Kyari so that he can appear before the court and answer to the charges.
Abba Kyari has denied collecting bribe from Hushpuppi to arrest and imprison Vincent. He admitted arresting Vincent, but said he did so after Hushpuppi called their office and said that Vincent was threatening his family members in Nigeria.
He said that he later released Vincent when he found out that there was no threat to the life of Hushpuppi’s family members.
He also claimed that the only money he received from Hushpuppi was N300,000 which the latter sent for him to get native wears and caps for him. He said that Hushpuppi had seen some of his native wears on social media and liked them, and he connected him to someone that sold the clothes to him. And that the money was paid directly to the clothes dealer.
The FBI is pushing for the extradition of Hushpuppi to go and face the charges against him in the US court, and it was revealed by Sahara Reporters that the Agency has met with the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to demand his arrest and extradition.
Having followed the allegation from the FBI, and Abba Kyari’s denial of the claim, I think there are certain things that the FBI should have revealed in its investigation before demanding his arrest. That would have added more weight to the claim. And in this article, we are going to look at two of those things.
1. The FBI failed to reveal the amount of money that Hushpuppi sent to Abba Kyari.
It is interesting to note that the FBI has been able to reveal the amount of money that was at stake before Hushpuppi allegedly bribed Abba Kyari to arrest Vincent, but it failed to reveal the amount that Hushpuppi sent to the celebrated supercop.
From what we gathered from a report made by Punch, the FBI revealed that Hushpuppi used part of the money he got from the Qatari businessperson to buy a $230,000 Richard Mille watch. The report revealed that Hushpuppi posted a photo of himself wearing the wristwatch on Instagram sometime ago.
So if the FBI could dig out such information, why did it not reveal the amount of money that Hushpuppi allegedly transferred to Abba Kyari to facilitate the arrest of Vincent? I am sure that is a piece of information they could have gotten from Hushpuppi. That information would have added more weight to the allegation.
2. The FBI failed to reveal the account number that Hushpuppi allegedly transferred the money to for Abba Kyari.
This is another piece of information that would have added weight to the claim from the US court.
The phone numbers that Abba Kyari used to communicate with Hushpuppi were revealed, but what would have been more interesting would have been the account number that the money was transferred to.
Abba Kyari, in his reaction to the allegation from the FBI, said that the only money he knew about from Hushpuppi was the N300,000 he sent to get native wears and caps for him. And he added that the money was sent directly to the person that sold the clothes. So what he meant was that Hushpuppi did not transfer any money to his account to arrest Vincent.
So what the FBI failed to reveal was the bank account that Hushpuppi allegedly transferred the money to. A check on the bank statement of the account here in Nigeria in the course of the investigations would have added more substance to the claim.
These are two vital pieces of information that the US court failed to reveal before ordering Abba Kyari’s arrest. But perhaps there are reasons why they did not reveal them, but we cannot deny the fact that making such information known would have added weight to its claim.