Super cop, DCP Abba Kyari on Thursday, July 29, responded to allegations of bribe-taking from the jailed influencer, Hushpuppi after US investigators stated that the policeman was complicit in a $1.1m fraud scheme.
In a post on his verified Facebook Page, Abba Kyari stated that Hushpuppi had called his office in Abuja; alleging a threat to his life by one Chibuzo Vincent (Hushpuppi’s accomplice) about two years ago.
He said they responded to the call and got the suspect arrested.
However, Kyari disclosed that the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to Hushpuppi’s life; but a money dispute between him and the suspect.
1st News had reported how a US Department of Justice document alleged that Hushpuppi had confessed to bribing DCP Abba Kyari to arrest his accomplice and jail him in Nigeria for exposing their fraud scheme to one of their victims in Qatar.
However, in his Facebook post, Abba Kyari alleged that Hushpuppi had paid the sum of N300,000 for the purchase of five pieces of native attire he had seen on him on his social media page.
Further, he stated that the money was sent to the designer; adding that the clothes were sent to his office in Abuja for collection by Hushpuppi.
An excerpt from his post reads, “Friends: Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2 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.
“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…He said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes…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.
“We responded to a distress call he made on a 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…Our record of Service for 2 decades is open for everybody to See. They will continue seeing us serving our fatherland and we will Continue responding to ALL distress Calls from ALL Nigerians provided they are life threatening.”