Femi Fani-Kayode, ex-minister of aviation, has thrown his weight behind Abba Kyari, the embattled deputy commissioner of police (DCP) indicted in the Hushpuppi fraud case by the United States.

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) secured a court order for Kyari’s arrest following his indictment in the court confession by the now infamous Hushpuppi, who is facing fraud and money laundering charges.

The Instagram celebrity had claimed the DCP took a bribe to facilitate the arrest of a co-fraudster with whom he was locked in a dispute on how they would share the $1.1 million proceeds from the scam of Qatari business executives.

The top detective, however, denied the allegation, claiming that his “hands are clean”.

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Kyari also alleged that he only offered to help Hushpuppi after the socialite raised an alarm that Vincent Kelly Chibuzo, his co-fraudster, allegedly threatened his family in Nigeria.

Amid the ensuing saga, Usman Alkali Baba, inspector-general of police (IGP), had ordered an internal probe of the allegations.

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Reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode described Kyari as “one of the bravest, brightest” cops Nigeria has had.

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“A super cop that has risked his life protecting us from kidnappers, murderers & terrorists all these years& that has arrested more criminals than any other is accused of taking bribes from a yahoo boy & scammer all the way from America & we are expected to believe it? Not me! 1/,” he wrote.

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“And we are expected to believe it? Not me! Abba is one of the bravest, brightest and best cops in Nigeria. I will not believe these crazy allegations leveled against him or condemn him unless I see any evidence to the contrary.

“He has proved himself over and over again when it comes to catching criminals and I do not believe that he is one himself. If he were he would not have such an excellent record in combating crime.

“Nigerians seem to take delight in believing and assuming the worse about their best. That is part of our problem: we love and celebrate the evil but we despise, hate, and seek to pull down the righteous and good.”

The ex-minister said it would take more evidence to make him believe the DCP was complicit in the fraud case.

“As far as I am concerned there are as many crooked, bent & killer cops all over the world as there are good ones & America has its fair share of both,” Fani-Kayode added.

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“The only people that ought to take pleasure in reading this crap about Abba are the kidnappers and terrorists in our country. Allegations are a dime a dozen and an indictment does not amount to a conviction.

“Show me the evidence or keep your mouth shut. I urge Abba to continue the good work he has been doing and not allow himself to be distracted by his detractors. This is a deep conspiracy to destroy his career and it will not work.”



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