Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has revealed that Abba Kyari received N8 million from Hushpuppi to arrest and jail his co-conspirator, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, despite claims that he was not paid for such purposes.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has recommended the immediate suspension of Mr Kyari, from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him. The Police Service Commission also confirmed Kyari’s suspension from the Force on Sunday.
Hushpuppi and five gang members were arrested for allegedly being involved in fraud and laundering money meant to finance a school for children in Qatar.
Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.
The affidavit accused Kyari of conspiring and arranging for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
Kyari had denied any wrongdoing in a statement on Facebook, the senior police officer narrated that Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.
He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life.
Kyari who said that “nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” revealed that he later introduced Abbas to his tailor and then facilitated the purchase of clothes for him for N300,000.
But details of their conversations shared by FBI indicated that Kyari received money to have Chibuzo detained for five weeks upon the instruction by Abbas.
In 2019, Abbas, Chibuzor and others conspired to take advantage of a Qatari businessperson’s interest in securing a loan meant for a project in Qatar.
Upon a successful scam and sharing of the proceeds., on January 9 and 10, 2020, Chibuzo informed the socialite that he was displeased with the payment he received from the proceeds of their crime and thereafter contacted the businessperson to tell him Abbas was “fake”.
Subsequently, he vowed to set Chibuzo up and contacted Kyari to have his fellow conspirator arrested in Nigeria, for contacting their victim to inform him of their ploy.
According to the document, Abbas informed Kyari that Mr Chibuzo tried to steal his deal, but the senior officer “did not request other information or evidence relating to Chibuzo’s role in the scheme, ask questions about the nature of the transaction, or ask about why Chibuzo told the Victim Businessperson that ABBAS was ‘fake’.”
On February 20, 2020, Kyari contacted Mr Abbas informing him that Mr Chibuzo who was detained in a cell with other suspects developed rash and fever and had just returned from the hospital. In response, Abbas informed the police officer that the detainee should not be released until February 25.
He also informed the senior police officer that Mr Chibuzo’s girlfriend tried to raise N1 million to secure his release. But Kyari responded that “They were thinking it’s a normal arrest that is why they think money can remove him . . . No money can remove him here Hahahaha.”
The document also exposed how Kyari acceded to Hushpuppi’s request that Chibuzo’s phone and gadgets should not be returned to him.