N8m ‘bribe’: I acted as debt collector for Hushpuppi, says Abba Kyari, deletes earlier Facebook post

FORMER Head of Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari has denied his involvement  with the alleged internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularlly known as ‘Hushpuppi’ to detain a gang member Chibuzo Vincent.

Abba Kyari, who served as the Deputy Commissioner of Police before his suspension on Sunday, said the notorious fraudster only sent him the receipt of a transaction worth N8m to help him recover a loan.

Kyari’s comment contrasted his initial claim that he made on July 29 where he said that he only helped Hushpuppi to purchase native attires worth N300,000.

However, Kyari edited his Facebook post, on Tuesday night, changing the story entirely.

He said the N8 million ‘bribe’ that was reported by Peoples Gazette was for him to collect as an outstanding debt owed to Hushpuppi, and not as a bribe for him to hold another fraudster, Chibuzo, for the scamming of Qatari businessperson to pull through as alleged by the FBI in court filings.

His updated statement read in part, “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 friend’s 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 (the) 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 (are) 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.

However, just hours after changing his story, Kyari deleted the entire post from his Facebook page.

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