Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has denied taking bribe from alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi to arrest his associate, Vincent Chibuzo.
Kyari, a leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team, said this on his verified Facebook page on Thursday, in reaction to statement by United States Department of Justice which said ongoing investigations showed that Hushpuppi allegedly bribed him to arrest one Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, one of his accomplices in Nigeria.
But Mr. Kyari said those celebrating his alleged indictment will be disappointed because his hands are clean.
According to him, Hushpuppi called him about two years ago, alleging that Chibuzo threatened to kill him.
The cop said Chibuzo was arrested but later released after investigations revealed that “they are long time friends who have money issues between them”.
Kyari stressed that he did not receive any money from Hushpuppi.
He said, “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 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 the 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 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.”