The Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), has alleged that money laundering suspect, Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, paid N8m or $20,600 to the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to arrest and detain a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Kelly Vincent.
A document issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California and dated February 12, 2021, alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after Chibuzo allegedly threatened to expose an alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
“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,” Page 59, item 145 of the document stated.
FBI Special Agent, Andrew John Innocenti, made the allegation in the ‘Criminal Complaint By Telephone Or Other Reliable Electronic Means’, filed before the United States District Court For The Central District Of California.
The dodument detailed several events leading to the alleged payment to 5he embattled DCP.
It alleged, amongst others, that “This was not the only time that Abbas arranged payments with Kyari, ”adding, “On May 20, 2020, Abbas sent Kyari transaction receipts for two transactions from accounts at Nigerian banks (GTBank and Zenith Bank) of a person Abbas knew in the U.A.E.— a person also arrested with Abbas in Abbas’ apartment in the U.A.E. by Dubai Police on June 9, 2020 — to the Nigerian bank accounts of another person in Nigeria.
“The amounts on the transaction receipts totaled 8 million Nigerian Naira, which was approximately
$20,600 based on publicly available exchange rate information”.
Kyari has been suspended by the Police Service Commission based on the of recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba. A panel has also been established to probe the matter.