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Hushpuppi Is A Legitimate Business Man – Defence Lawyer

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The Chicago lawyer who is defending Nigerian accused of money laundering and fraud in the United States said his client is not guilty of any crime.
Gal Pissetzky claimed Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, runs a “legitimate business” as an “entrepreneur”. Pissetzky said Hushpuppi made his money promoting brands on his Instagram page, where he has 2.5 million followers.

“He’s an entrepreneur,” Pissetzky told Forbes. “He has real estate involvement … [he’s] an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”

The US Department of Justice said the Nigerian Instagram personality defrauded a client of a New York law firm of approximately $922,857 in October 2019.

DoJ said Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by Abbas and the co-conspirators.

He and others further were also accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, “including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club, the complaint alleges,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.

Despite the groundswell of evidence provided by the prosecutors in a criminal complaint, Pissetzky insisted that his client never committed any crime and described him as a legitimate businessman.

[He is] “absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of. “[He] was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”

Hushpuppi and 11 members of his gang were arrested while sleeping at their Dubai residences, the information contained in a video shared on Twitter by Dubai Police Media Office shows.

The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.

The gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud involving over 1.9 million victims. Items worth N15.845 billion (Dh 150 million) were also seized.

13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 emails of potential victims were also recovered from the gang.

Their arrest in an operation codenamed Fox Hunt 2 came after about four months of painstaking investigations into their activities., during which their social media activities were monitored by the highly trained police unit.

The video posted by the Dubai Media Office said their police were able to track the locations of the suspected fraudsters using their social media activities.

The Dubai Police said the Hushpuppi and his gang specialised in hacking corporate emails and then send fictitious messages to the clients of the companies whose email accounts they have hacked to redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.

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Police Arrests Popular Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesa For Defiling A 14 Year Old Minor

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 48 year popular Nollywood actor, Olarenwaju James, aka Baba Ijesa, for defiling a 14 year old girl.

In a statement released by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, says based on the preliminary findings, Baba Ijesa started having the carnal knowledge of the minor since the age of 7.

He further said a CCTV camera installed in the house of the complainant were also presented as an evidence during the process of investigation.

A case of defiling a minor was first reported against the suspect at Sabo Police station on the April 19 by one Princess Adekola Adekanye and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for proper investigation.

The State Police Command Confirmed that the suspect have confessed to the crime during interrogation.

According to the statement, The State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has promised to do justice base on the report of the investigation.

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Female Fraudster Arrested By EFCC In Delta State

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A 24 year female fraudster has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] in their Benin operation.

The suspect, ms Queen Jonathan, who disguise as a bitcoin operator online has defrauded several unsuspecting members of the public by soliciting for patronage under a fake name Sophia Rodriguez.

The Anti graft Agency said Sophia was arrested in Oghara, Delta state during operation that was carried out based on a tip off from the public.

During the operation, infinix Hot 8 smart phone was recovered from her including other items.

According to the commission, Sophia will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation are completed.

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Fani Kayode Blows Hot, Do Not Release Iskilu Wakili Under Any Circumstances

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The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode [FFK], has called on the government to ignore any attempt to release the apprehended Iskilu Wakili, who has been championing the several kidnap and killings ravaging Ibarapa town.

Mr Femi through his social media has recorded several statement saying any attempt by the government to get the dangerous Wakili released may foster another crises that may lead to unending killings and attacks in the community.

The former Minister stated that on no account should the government release unrepentant Killer and kidnapper back to the society for the sake of peace and harmony.

He said if a criminal of such caliber could be released back to Ibarapa Community, this may jeopardize the entrenched peace already been brokered between the law abiding herders and Farmers in Oyo state.

Recall that members of the O’odua Peaple’s Congress [OPC] in a bid to put an end to the several killings, kidnaps ravaging the farmers in Iparapa town had set out for a manhunt on Iskilu Wakili, who was fingered as the leader of the deadly Fulani herders unleashing mayhem on the innocent farmers in the community after the exit of Seriki Fulani from the Oyo state.

OPC members got Wakili arrested and handed him over the police authority in Oyo state while in another turn that took place led to the arrest of the OPC members who were involved in the capturing of Wakili and his criminal gangs.

In a claim by the police, the OPC members were arrested over how Wakili and his gangs were treated during the process of having them arrested in the bush.

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