Hushpuppi, a Nigerian internet fraudster, asks to not be deported to his country and claims that disgraced “Super Cop” Abba Kyari, who runs the death squad, may harm him.
Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, a Nigerian internet fraudster who is being tried in the United States, claims that if he is sent back to his home country, suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari could harm him.
According to Peoples Gazette, Hushpuppi informed the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that he was in grave danger as a result of his involvement in Kyari’s indictment, which led to his downfall, and that he would not be able to return to Nigeria after serving his sentence there.
The pleas were detailed in a brief he presented to Judge Otis Wright in an effort to have the sentencing years reduced in light of his previous guilty plea to a multimillion-dollar fraud last year.
Hushpuppi was initially detained in Dubai in June 2020, and as his trial progressed, he was later moved to a U.S. prison.
The memo was submitted on September 5 by Louis Shapiro, an American defense attorney engaged by the social media personality.
Hushpuppi faces up to 11 years in prison, as well as fines of $500,000 and restitution of $1.7 million, according to the prosecution.
The application stated that a three-year supervised release following the conclusion of the 11-year sentence was also advised.
Therefore, the defense urged the judge to sentence him to 35 to 41 months in jail.
On September 21, Wright is scheduled to hear the case and decide how long the sentence will be.
“Once this case is resolved and Mr. Abbas is released, that he will not be able to return to Nigeria,” Shapiro wrote to counter his request.
“Abubakar Kyari, a Nigerian politician and police commissioner, operates a death squad. Kyari was indicted in the Juma case by the government’s investigation into this case.
“Mr. Abbas hopes to move his family out of Nigeria when he gets out of prison. The looming threat of Mr. Kyari’s supporters, as well as intense media harassment, has forced his family to continue moving to secret locations within Nigeria.
“They must rent different apartments simultaneously while continuously changing telephone lines. Additionally, his children face the possibility of going through their formative years without their father.”
In April 2021, Hushpuppi admitted confessed to charges including money laundering and Internet fraud.
Around the same time, the FBI charged Kyari of being a member of the syndicate.
While the extradition process from the U.S. side was ongoing, Kyari, up until that point Nigeria’s most well-known and decorated police officer, was immediately suspended as a deputy police commissioner.