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“I only connected Hushpuppi to a tailor for native clothes” – DCP Abba Kyari denies role in alleged fraud

The Deputy Commissioner of police implicated in the US money laundering and fraud indictments against Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi, Abba Alhaji Kyari, has denied receiving money from the fraudster.

In a Facebook post on Thursday morning, Kyari denied collecting money from Hushpuppi to effect an arrest.

Read his response below

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NewsWireNGR recalls that in October 2020, DCP Kyari was accused of extorting over N41 million from Afeez Mojeed, a Lagos-based businessman.

In a series of petitions between 2016 and 2018, Mojeed sought justice through the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), but to no avail.

In another petition filed on October 22, 2020, through Salawu Akingbolu & Co, Mojeed’s counsel, and addressed to the newly formed judicial panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses in Lagos, Kyari and his officers were accused of forcefully taking about 32 items from Mojeed’s house during a raid in 2014.

According to the petition, while in detention, “the police under the supervision and threat of Abba Kyari (OC SARS) forced him to sign three Zenith Bank cheques in the sum of N150,000 each making N450,000 in total on October 22 – 23, 2014 and gave the sum to one Alabi Olawale Nurudeen who is also one of their cronies to withdraw”.

The police also allegedly obtained password to his bank card with which they withdrew another N395,000 from his account between October 20 to 23, 2014.

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