Nigeria’s embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has deleted his infamous Facebook update in which he responded to his indictment in the United States with claims that he only assisted serial internet fraudster, Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, to get N300,000 clothes.
Kyari had taken to his Facebook hours in the wake of his indictment as announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on July 29, saying he barely knew Hushpuppi and imploring his supporters to disregard the allegations because he only helped the fraudster to get tailoring services.
The post had subsequently elicited thousands of derisive comments and further nailed the police chief as other evidences he could not deny began to pour in.
Kyari on Wednesday morning around 4am Nigerian time deleted the post, four hours after he had earlier edited it. There was no reason he gave, however, for deleting the obviously ridiculous post.
The infamous post had read, “Friends: Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family.
“We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life And they are long time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.
“Nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to Save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened.
Later, he saw some of my Native Clothes and Caps on my social media page and he said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account. The Native Clothes and Caps (5 sets) were brought to our office and He sent somebody to Collect them in our office.
“Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the Suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the Suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.
“For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, They will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of Service for 2 decades is open for everybody to See. They will continue seeing us serving our father land and we will Continue responding to ALL distress Calls from ALL Nigerians provided they are life threatening.
“For Good Nigerians who appreciate our Service please don’t worry as our hands are clean and they should please not respond to those celebrating and creating many false Narratives without any Evidence. We are used to such types of people and false newsmakers and distributors.
“Thank you all and GOD bless Nigeria.”
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that Kyari edited the statement he posted on his Facebook page last Thursday, removing the parts where he claimed he helped Hushpuppi to get native clothes and caps worth N300,000.
In the last check, however, Kyari had deleted the entire post.
The Police Service Commission on Sunday announced that it had suspended Kyari.
“The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action,” the statement read in part.