Abba Kyari denied receiving payments from Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas in exchange for detaining gang member Chibuzo Vincent on Tuesday, claiming the infamous fraudster merely gave him documents for N8 million transactions to assist him in recovering a debt.
Mr Kyari’s remark represented a sharp departure from his original defense after the United States’ accusation. In a July 29 Facebook post, the police chief first stated that he had no connection to Hushpuppi, claiming the scam artist merely gave him N300,000 to assist him in purchasing indigenous clothing.
However, in the aftermath of a report detailing how he received N8 million from Hushpuppi, Mr Kyari revised his Facebook post on Tuesday night and altered his narrative, drawing considerable public criticism and police administrative action. He said that the N8 million reported by NdiAsiri and later confirmed by other media sources was for him to collect as an overdue obligation owing to Hushpuppi, not as a bribe to hold Chibuzo for the scamming of a Qatari businessperson to succeed, as the FBI claimed in court papers.
“Nobody demanded or collected any money from Abbas Hushpuppi. He can be interviewed Publicly in the Presence of world media by the people holding him to confirm this. He also called for another case in June 2020 and complained about a financial transaction with a second person whom he said his friend sent 8million naira to and pleaded for his friends money to be recovered.”
“He sent transaction slips and other evidences to prove their case against the person, All these can be verified from the Hushpuppi since he is still in Custody. And it can be verified from person who collected the 8million naira from Hushpuppi’s friend whom they complained about is alive and is in Nigeria. Generally Whatever investigation steps/Tactics that is being taken in most cases especially on the Parties in this type of case from January to June is not for public consumption. This is the true story,” Mr Kyari said.
Mr Kyari removed the whole message from his Facebook page less than four hours after altering his narrative. NdiAsiri reports.