Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari has denied receiving money from the embattled Nigerian socialite and Instagram celebrity, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas (popularly known as Hushpuppi).
Huspuppi, who is being tried in the US, had alleged that he bribed Kyari to arrest a co-fraudster, Vincent.
According to the United States Department of Justice, Huspuppi levelled the accusation in court documents.
The scheme, in which six persons were indicted, was to defraud a Qatari school founder and then launder over $1 million in illicit proceeds.
During interrogation, Hushpuppi alleged that he gave Kyari money to arrest and jail “one of his rivals in Nigeria after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari businesspeople,” court documents stated.
But on Thursday, the Nigerian celebrated crime buster said he never demanded money from Hushpuppi.
Kyari also denied that Vincent was ever jailed, adding that he was instead released on bail.
“Abbas, who we later came to know as Hushpuppi, called our office about two years ago that somebody in Nigeria seriously threatened to kill his family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s phone number and pleaded we take action before the person attacks his family,” he wrote on Instagram.
“We traced and arrested the suspect, and after investigations, we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life, and they are long-time friends who have money issues between them; hence, we released the suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.
“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.
“Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the suspect.
“This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.
“For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, they will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of service for two decades is open for everybody to see.
“They will continue seeing us serving our father land and we will continue responding to ALL distress calls from ALL Nigerians provided they are life-threatening.”
Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abbas, was arrested in the UAE in June 2020 alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
He recently pleaded guilty to the money laundering charges against him.