By Shola Abayomi.
Sequel to the arrest of popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) in the United Arab Emirates on June 10, the Dubai Police Force has revealed details leading to his arrest.
The police, in a video released on its official Twitter handle earlier today, disclosed that Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew were allegedly involved in money laundry and cyber fraud activities.
It noted that a special team had been tracking the suspect and his gang’s activities on social media for about four months, adding that no fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world had been defrauded by the group to the tune of 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion).
It further stated that 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7 billion) were recovered from the house where they were arrested.
“In less than just four months, the Dubai Police Force was able to solve the new operation dubbed Fox Hunt 2, where 12 other gang members were also arrested.
“Six raids were carried out simultaneously while the suspects were sleeping in their Dubai residences. After months of investigating and hours of monitoring the gang’s social media accounts, a team of highly trained Dubai Police officers were able to confirm the gang’s whereabouts and fraudulent activities.
“The Nigerian Instagram celebrity, who was arrested on multiple fraud charges for crimes committed in different parts of the world, boasted about his wealth and expensive possession on social media, claiming he is a successful businessman.
“Little did Abass (Huspuppi) know that Dubai E-police were tracking his every move and taking note of all his social media activities.
“Before their arrest, Abass (Hushpuppi) and his crew members were responsible for scams amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham. The police officers were also able to seize items worth 150 million Dirham after they claimed 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 storage devices, and five hard disk containing data.
“Additional 13 luxury cars worth 35m Dirham were bought by Hushpuppi and his gang using the money they stole from their victims”, the police said.