A court in United States (US) has issued a warrant of arrest for a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, Abba Kyari.
According to a court document, 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 United States for his role in a multi-million-dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, otherwise known as Hushpuppi; and his co-conspirators.
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Abbas allegedly conspired with five others – including Chibuzo Vincent – to defraud a Quatari businessman by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school in Quatar. It was earlier reported in a national daily that the court said Hushpuppi used Kyari to arrest and jail Vincent after he had threatened to expose a $1million fraud committed against the Quatari businessman.
The document also stated that Hushpuppi worked with some of his partners in crime including Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya, Chibuzo Vincent from Nigeria, Yusuf Anifowoshe, Rukayat Fashola and Bolatito Agbabiaka but chose to hunt 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 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,” the statement partly read.
A leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team, explained in a Facebook post that Hushpuppi called his office and reported a death threat from someone about two years ago.
The cop said the suspect, Vincent, was arrested but later released after investigations revealed that “they are long time friends who have money issues between them”.
Hushpuppi, 37, in a plea agreement document he personally signed, pleaded guilty to the charges including money laundering, wire fraud, felony amongst others. However, Kyari denied ever receiving any money from Hushpuppi.