Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba has advised Nigerians not to weep for Instagram’s arrested celebrity, Hushpuppi, saying there are many more operating like alleged international Internet fraudster.
Mba also urged parents to challenge their wards about any unusual display of wealth, thus advising traditional rulers to avoid giving titles to young men and women with unexplained sources of income.
Hushpuppi, real names Ramon Abbas was arrested by the Dubai Police in Dubai , United Arab Emirates last month and subsequently handed over to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hushpuppi is facing conspiracy charges for committing money laundering, among other charges in the US, facing a possible 20-year prison term.
Speaking of Hushpuppi ‘s arrest in June, on a radio programme, ‘Real Talk With Kike’, Mba said;
“The feat by the Dubai Police was not achieved by them alone but an international collaboration that ran across multiple security agencies with Interpol playing a very big role, FBI playing a big role and of course, the Dubai Police taking the lead because they are the national police, policing the country where Hushpuppi was based and where most of his activities emanated from.”
Asked by the host, whether the Nigeria Police Force can arrest more people like Hushpuppi, Mba said “time will tell” but pointed out that a lot of progress was being made by the Interpol unit located at the Force Headquarters in Abuja manned by Police operatives.
Mba added, “Hushpuppi will enjoy the privileges of being tried in a free world and in a liberal democracy. I also have no doubt about his capacity to pay for the best of lawyers. He’s a billionaire crook. He should have the capacity to pay.
“But the good thing about the law is that, when the facts are so clear, they speak for themselves. As long as the prosecution is able to make out their case and establish their case, the judge would certainly give judgment favour of the prosecution.
“However, if the prosecution is unable to prove their case, then the benefit of the doubt would be given to the suspect, although I doubt if that would happen in Huspuppi’s case.
“Because there is massive multilateral collaboration still working on that case and putting evidence together.
“I’m not going to weep for Hushpuppi and I say no one should. There are still a lot of baby Hushpuppis around, a lot of bigger Hushpuppis around.
“We will need to walk together as a people. Hushpuppi is a metaphor to look at the bigger picture facing us.”