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|Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by MRSAWEDOFF: 2:48pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Hushpuppi: Protest Rocks US Embassy As Nigerians Demand Forensic Investigation Of Atiku, Timi Frank Over Links With Alleged Cyber-Fraudster
Some Nigerians, on Monday, protested to the US Embassy, Abuja, demanding a forensic investigation over ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, associate, Timi Frank and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains link to alleged fraudster, Raymond Abbas Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The group, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF), numbering over 500 persons submitted a letter to the US Ambassador and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, urging a thorough probe of Hushpuppi’s political allies who are all in the PDP.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged “criminal conspiracy linking the top echelon of the opposition” to Hushpuppi.
According to the APC, ” the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their ‘Strategic’ meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections.
In its petition signed by Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu, the peaceful protesters called on the US, through relevant agencies, to investigate the connection between these high profile Nigerians and Hushpuppi so as to recover fully the proceeds of crime or make it difficult for such monies to be laundered in Nigeria.
The group reasoned that Atiku’s frequent reliance on cyber experts and reference to internet server and frequent trips to Dubai prior to last year’s elections may not be unconnected to Hushpuppi.
It, therefore, urged the US to go after Atiku, Timi Frank and other PDP stalwarts who through their actions and associations with the fraudster may have helped to launder the proceeds of crime.
Read full statement below:
Permit us to congratulate you on your appointment as the United States ambassador to Nigeria by US President, Donald Trump, and for the successful presentation of your credentials to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari in December, 2019.
We are a group of eminent Nigerians with keen interest in building a positive image for our country through the promotion of credible best practices and exposure of acts capable of soiling the image of Nigeria.
In the light of the fact that we share common ideals of accountability and good citizenship, we wish to bring to your attention, certain facts that will further build citizens’ capacity for best practices.
Dear Ambassador, we are sure you are aware that within the period you arrived Nigeria and shortly before that, some of our citizens have been arrested for alleged criminal activities like cyber crime, internet fraud and money laundering in many countries in Europe, Asia and America including your country, the United States.
The biggest and most recent of such, is the arrest of Mr. Raymond Abbas Igbalode, the Instagram celebrity, also known as Hushpuppi and 12 others who are alleged to have scammed over 1.9 million people across the globe of over $35 million.
We commend the international community for the vigilance which has led to the arrest of these persons whose activities have deprived many of their legitimate sources of livelihood and brought shame to Nigeria.
Dear Ambassador, following the extradition of Hushpuppi and his associates to the US to undergo trial for alleged cyber fraud, we wish to offer our suggestions on how the investigations would be thorough to achieve the goal of exposing all those suspected to have either aided the fraud or those who have through their actions and associations with the fraudsters, helped to launder the proceeds of crime
This, we believe would ensure that all those involved in the crime are brought to book so as to serve as a deterrent to others.
You will agree with us, dear Ambassador, that all the global instruments on financial crime including FATF, clearly identity several ways in which proceeds from financial crimes can be whitewashed and presented as legit.
Some of these processes include association with politically exposed persons, channeling the resources through existing organisations and partnering with already established businesses.
We wish to inform you that since 2016 when Mr. Igbalode pulled his first heist and leaped into living a luxurious life of opulence, his major channel for laundering the proceeds of his crime have been through open association with notable Nigerian politicians as well as former and serving public officials.
Such meetings are usually presented to the public through videos and other photos of the event which are usually held in posh hotels or other expensive venues around the world on Instagram and other online media.
The aim of such videos and photos, Dear Ambassador, as you are aware, is to further scam the public by presenting such fraudsters and their ill gotten wealth as clean business men with legit income that anybody can do business with.
The photo and video shoots from such events serve as open endorsements of such characters, making it easy for the proceeds of these cyber fraud to be brought into Nigeria and to be accepted by unsuspecting members of the public as normal which further makes it difficult for investigating agencies to track.
We wish to report you, dear Ambassador, that some of the persons who have lent their high profile personalities to cover up for such shady transactions include a former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former senator, Dino Melaye, and a top member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Timi Frank and others.
Videos clips of their association with Mr.Igbalode have been posted and reposted on major internet outlets like Facebook, Internet and YouTube for all to see.
We have every reason to suspect that their open association with Mr. Igbalode (Hushpuppi), was not a coincidence as they are trying to make people believe, but was well planned to sell the fraudster to Nigerians as a legitimate businessman who associates with respected and eminent members of the society.
It is in the light of this, dear Ambassador, that we urge you, to use your good office as the representative of the United States Government in Nigeria, to call the attention of the US government of the possibility that the major accomplices of Mr. Igbalode are still roaming about freely in Nigeria.
We call on the US Government to in the bid to help fight cyber crime, money laundering and possible terrorists financing, to draw the attention of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Mr. Christopher A. Wray and the Secretary General of Interpol, Mr. Jürgen Stock to these facts.
We are aware that both the
FBI and Interpol have range of legal authorities that enables them investigate federal crimes and threats to national security, as well as to gather intelligence and assist other law enforcement agencies in countries outside the US.
Hushpuppi is known to have defrauded millions of people across the world and is wanted for fraud crimes in Europe, the United States and Nigeria.
We are aware that Title 28, U.S. Code, Section 533, authorizes the Attorney General of the US, to appoint officials to detect and prosecute crimes against the United States.
The investigation we are asking these agencies to carry out are clearly crimes against the United States as well as other countries and we are aware that the FBI, unlike many domestic intelligence agencies around the world, can investigate crime in other countries, more so as the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI extends to most federal criminal laws in more than 200 areas, including computer crime (cybercrime), embezzlement, money laundering, organized crime (including extortion and racketeering), piracy and hijacking, sabotage, sedition, terrorism (including ecoterrorism).
We are also aware that these agencies have helped in tracking down crimes in other countries.
We also know that the FBI has in the past worked with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, to identify and prosecute local partners of international fraudsters and had arrested 281 individuals, including 167 in Nigeria, for their involvement in fraudulent business email compromise (BEC) schemes.
Dear Ambassador you may wish to know that the EFCC in Nigeria, has said that details of Mr. Igbalode’s money laundering transactions involves many high-profile cyber criminals facing trial in Nigeria.
We are happy that EFCC is also eager to engage with the EFCC in tracking victims of Mr. Igbalode’s fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him.
We are interested in having these persons investigated because we believe they may have aided in laundering the proceeds of crime by Mr.Igbalode either directly or indirectly, which if established, makes them accomplices in the crime.
Our suspicion is heightened by the frequent visits of these persons to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate, UAE, where Mr. Igbalode was arrested, at the slightest instance, one of which was the celebrated meeting of the associates of the former vice president shortly before the 2019 Nigeria general elections.
Again, we have every reason to suspect that the frequent reliance on cyber experts and reference to internet server by the former vice president and his associates, may not be unconnected with their relationship with these cyber criminals.
We therefore call on the US Government to assist through the relevant agencies to investigate the connection between these high profile Nigerians and the internet fraudster so as to recover fully the proceeds of crime or make it difficult for such monies to be laundered in Nigeria.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by biGwal(m): 2:52pm On Jul 06, 2020|
E don happen
Egugun becareful nah express you dey go
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Dyke15(m): 3:02pm On Jul 06, 2020|
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by positivelord: 3:07pm On Jul 06, 2020|
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Nobody: 3:09pm On Jul 06, 2020|
“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” ―Stephen Covey
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Comedian2019: 3:09pm On Jul 06, 2020|
So many misguided elements.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by GOFRONT(m): 3:10pm On Jul 06, 2020|
But where is NwaAmaikpe!!!
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by abitex577(m): 3:11pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Someone is obviously threatened by PDP's revival and repositioning for 2023....
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by GreenDestiny2: 3:11pm On Jul 06, 2020|
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by dukeprince50: 3:13pm On Jul 06, 2020|
People will come here and start crying wolves, there is nothing wrong if the government wants to investigate its citizen of fraud, the reason why politicians still do all they are doing is cos we are so divided, we voted PMB for the sole purpose of dealing ruthlessly with corrupt individuals but when he started, we told him this is democracy, freedom of bla bla, now the same thieves are giving so many slots for Npower which is meant for entrepreneurial minded youths with no fund, we can't say anything about it.
Youths pls wake up, ur future is stolen in a broad day light, nothing works in the country and people are forced in cyberfraud, militancy, kidnapping and all other forbidden hustles. U fight politics of PDP and APC while they continue stealing ur future, incase u don't know, u are internationally rejected. U are the voice, u are the government. Just like Wike once said, "politics is a game of interest, my interest is the people of Rivers State, I was elected to serve them and not anyone" if the people u elected can't serve u, why would u keep voting them?
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by saintokwuluora(m): 3:16pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Moral lesson: be careful of whom you take selfies with, you may be called to explain.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Simplyleo: 3:16pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Investigate who? Athifku?
Better allow the sleeping trouble be.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by SarkinYarki: 3:17pm On Jul 06, 2020|
APC is so shameless, instead of apologizing to how much they have Destroyed Nigeria in 6 years they are out there still brandishing their stupidity ...This is a govt that had not achieved a single thing in 6 years other than impoverishing Nigerians
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Simplyleo: 3:18pm On Jul 06, 2020|
For wetin na?
The same athifku on whose shoulder rests the hope of some people?
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by chukwuibuipob: 3:21pm On Jul 06, 2020|
deaf and dumb yoots.Allow US FBI to do their job.Dubai strategy has nothing to do with puppy.
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Simplyleo: 3:22pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Athifku and dino melaye will soon join hushpuppy in prison.
Screaming and insulting APC on nairaland wouldn't save them.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Jakemedg(m): 3:22pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Any body linked to Hushpuppi must be investigated thoroughly
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by RuddyFusion(m): 3:23pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Rubbish nonsensical nonsense
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by dukeprince50: 3:23pm On Jul 06, 2020|
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by EngineerBode: 3:23pm On Jul 06, 2020|
APC turning this to politics. It's shameful
All these women in hijab. Do they know who Hushpuppi is?
Meanwhile, Abike has not mentioned Hushpuppi tribe since this whole thing started. She also missed his religion
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by Jakemedg(m): 3:24pm On Jul 06, 2020|
No sympathy for polithiefcians and fraudsters
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by muykem: 3:24pm On Jul 06, 2020|
I am happy with this. Let there be a thorough investigation. I don't think Dino is innocent even if other people are.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by muykem: 3:27pm On Jul 06, 2020|
EngineerBode:Will you keep quiet. It's important they investigate everybody involved either in PDP or APC. Thank God it's being handle by USA so no victim card method.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by kalufelix(m): 3:30pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Zombie party never dissappoint...just imagine the level of idiocy ..pathetic!
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by abobote: 3:30pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Dead on arrival, they should start by prosecuting all the politician by associating with each other coz they are all thieves and worst than huspuppi. Bloody hypocrites
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by EngineerBode: 3:30pm On Jul 06, 2020|
You holy Magu has been arrested. We have video of bullion vans entering tinubu house on the eve of election, nothing was done. But ordinary picture, you are shouting
If those bullion vans were entering Dino's house on the eve of election will you be here keeping quiet?
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by chukwuibuipob: 3:31pm On Jul 06, 2020|
useful yweets are going about their business/earn their living not carrying chart board up/down.Hopeless pipu
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by cjrane: 3:32pm On Jul 06, 2020|
This is what the useless APC federal government wastes money on to organize rented crowds.
Meanwhile, their EFCC never perturbed hushpuppy and even asked the United States FBI to hand him to them. So that they can take bribes and declare him innocent of all crimes of fraud.
Why didn't the corrupt federal government use the EFCC to arrest and prosecute corrupt Nigerian politicians? So it is another sovereign country the United States that must arrest and prosecute Nigerian corrupt politicians?
Shameless and corrupt APC government!
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by muykem: 3:35pm On Jul 06, 2020|
EngineerBode:Who arrested Magu? Is not the same government? It's to tell you that there's no sacred cow in the fighting against corruption, he will have opportunity to defend himself if the allegation is true or not.
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|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by ManMountain(m): 3:35pm On Jul 06, 2020|
This is a big dent on Athiefku.
Knowing the APC propaganda machine, they will maximally use this Hushpuppi scandal against Athiefku if he ever dare to come out in 2023.
They know nothing will come out of this protest to the US embassy, but just the bad optics it will give to PDP and Athiefku
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by EngineerBode: 3:38pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Stop lying. He offended the cabal. Check what he was charged for. All from 2016 or older. Meaning they knew since. They kept it just incase he slips. Useless government
|Re: Hushpuppi: Protesters At US Embassy Demand Investigation Of Atiku by rejoice4eva(m): 3:40pm On Jul 06, 2020|
Useless, jobless and shameless protesters.
Thousands of Nigerians have died in the hands of Boko Haram, bandits and government backed Fulani herdsmen, you didn't protest.
Clueless government in Nigeria has
plunged millions of people into poverty, you didn't protest.
Power supply has dwindled abnormally, and people are in darkness, yet you are not protesting.
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