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Hushpuppi to be sentenced on Valentine’s Day by a US court.



Ramon Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, will be sentenced on February 14, 2022, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

According to BBC Pidgin, the court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, stated Hushpuppi’s sentence has been planned for Valentine’s Day.

In the meanwhile, Mrozek has not yet responded to an email inquiry but the source obtained a plea deal document in which Hushpuppi admitted to a variety of crimes, including money laundering and online scams.

Along with Hushpuppi’s own signature, the paper also included that of Loius Shapiro, his lawyer, and Acting US Attorney Tracy Wilkison.

Hushpuppi risks “20 years in jail; a three-year term of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or double the gross gain or gross loss arising from the crime,” according to the court documents filed against him.

For his suspected participation in a $1 million fraud allegedly conducted by Hushpuppi and five others, the FBI was directed by the court to arrest the suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team DCP Abba Kyari.

However, in December 2021, Mrozek declined comments on the warrant of arrest the court issued months earlier that the FBI should apprehend Kyari and other defendants in the case.

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Mrozek, in an earlier email interview with our correspondent on December 13, 2021, had said the sentencing of Hushpuppi was still pending.

The Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had in June 2020 arrested Hushpuppi and his gang. They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.

The FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, had alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Vincent, allegedly threatened to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

Innocenti, who said he obtained voice calls and WhatsApp conversations between Kyari and Hushpuppi, had also alleged that the latter paid the police officer N8m or $20,600 for the arrest and detention of Vincent.

Kyari had taken to Facebook on July 29, 2021 to deny the allegations, but he later deleted the post after editing it about 12 times.

The IG had recommended the suspension of Kyari, which the PSC carried out on July 31, 2021.

The police boss had on August 2, 2021, constituted the Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, to probe the allegations.

Egbunike on August 26, 2021 submitted the panel’s report, which he said “is an outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process.”

He revealed that the report contained the case file of the probe, evidence and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, had on September 14, 2021, during a television interview said the findings and recommendations on Kyari had been submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for “legal opinion” and thereafter for presentation to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), adding that the final decision would be taken by the PSC.

But months later, the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, told our correspondent that the commission had not received any disciplinary recommendations from the IG through the Force Disciplinary Committee almost four months after the Egbunike panel submitted its report to the police boss.

The recommendations of the FDC will inform the commission’s decision and also determine Kyari’s future in the force, but the matter is now inconclusive.

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