The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California has fixed a date in February to sentence Nigeria’s Instagram celebrity, Raman Abass Olohunwa, also known as Hushpuppi.

The trial of Hushpuppi by a US court roped in one of Nigeria’s finest police officers, DSP Abba Kyari.

The court had ordered the arrest of the cop for his alleged role in a $1m scam suspected to have been carried out by Hushpuppi.

The court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, said Hushpuppi has been scheduled for sentencing on the 14th of February.

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.

Hushpuppi risks “20 years’ imprisonment; a 3-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence”.

He pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering.

Nigeria’s police authorities had on August 2, 2021, set up a panel to investigate the veracity of the allegation against DCP Abba Kyari.

Not much has been heard about the panel and its findings, five months after.


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