Hushpuppi’s name hit the Nigerian Social Media space on the after he was reportedly caught by the FBI following a fraud investigation and subsequent accusation which landed him and some accomplices in the sticky net of law enforcement agencies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
His arrest is believed to be by the FBI, but many have reasons to believe the top American agency might not have a case with him, some believe otherwise pointing fingers to the Dubai police; but whoever is responsible, isn’t the object of discussion, the fact here is that Hushpuppi has been caught by law enforcement agencies in Dubai for alleged fraud levelled against him.
Hushpuppi whose real name is Raymond Igbalode Abbas is a Nigerian who needs no introduction, His display of wealth in social media put him on that spotlight and he doesn’t seem to be leaving the attention he has drawn to himself too. That is the price tag of such publicity. Hushpuppi for most time has drawn controversy to himself with many youths hailing him on social media obviously ina bid to get a piece of the cake of the extreme wealth he displays on social media. Hushpuppi is known to flaunt expensive shoes, jewellery, expensive cars, dresses and general bling bling. However, the question that seem to boggle the minds of the ignorant remains, Who exactly is Hushpuppi?
Who is Hushpuppi?
Hushpuppi is a Nigerian social media lord and instagram celebrity who has a knack for displaying luxury online and whose source of wealth cannot be accurately determined. The truth of the matter is that no Nigerian can comfortably tell what Hushpuppi does for a living because no one knows what he does for a living. No one knows what business he is involved with and of course, many Nigerians would want to know, but sadly no one knows.
Hushpuppi’s real name is Raymond Igbalode Abbas, he is believed by some sources to be born on the 14th of June 1982, though this claim has not been verified yet. Hushpuppi claimed to be from a poor background in Lagos state where he grew up subsequently finding his way to the Asian country of Malaysia where he settled. Hushpuppi’s kind of story of grass to grace is not new in Nigeria as many Nigerian big boys on Instagram always have this knack of talking about where they came from before “God’s blessings started to come”
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While in Malaysia, he gradually began posting pictures that depicted a young, successful man who had an enormous amount of wealth and this of course interested Nigerians online who wanted to know exactly who this young, rich, “unheard of” man is. Hushpuppi is a Nigerian who has never shied away from posting luxuries; you know he posted expensive stuff online so much that the intimidation couldn’t be contained as many wondered and asked, “What exactly does this guy do for a living, that gives him this amount of wealth?”
Gradually, the inquisitive Nigerians started to become followers and not just ordinary followers but loyal followers who were willing to got o any length to prove how much they loved him (of course we know its his money they are eyeing” *lol*
Hushpuppi’s followers and influence grew rapidly with many of his fanbase wanting their own piece of the enormous wealth they saw online. Hushpuppi himself has never dulled for one moment, he would pose in front of a very expensive Rolls Royce and give the post a very intimidating caption and in a frenzy, the comments would be filled with praise, adoration, admiration and of course pleas of help.
Some in Hushpuppi’s instagram would fill his comments section talking about how their family hasn’t been able to afford food to it, some had the courage to beg Hushpuppi for money to pay school fees and various other audacious reasons Nigerians give to try to have their own piece of cake. It is interesting to note that Hushpuppi rarely gave out to all those people who had the courage to beg him for money online.
Hushpuppi’s influence and wealth also made him some celebrity friends who always paid homage to him whenever they flew to Dubai where they meet up with him, take photographs, post on social media and get thousands of likes and comments all aimed at boosting the public image and popularity of Hushpuppi.
The questions about his wealth however, never seized to stop coming as many kept on wondering where he got all the money from; some even went as far as pointing accusing fingers at him, claiming he was into internet fraud and Yahoo Yahoo but no one knew for sure, all were just speculations. Other speculations that arose about Hushpuppi also included insnuations that the money he had weren’t his own, some went to the point of narrating how they saw Hushpuppi in Dubai, a broke guy but stories like that never made waves because the pictures he posted online said it all. The wealth was glaring and nobody could deny it.
Hushpuppi NetWorth, Cars, Private Jet, Girlfriends
With an unending list of expensive valuables that Hushpuppi owns, no one can fully ascertain what his true net worth is and many blogs who claim to have these figures are based mainly on assumptions and not full facts; However one thing that is glaring is that Hushpuppi is worth billions of naira, the exact figure cannot be determined yet, but Hushpuppi is worth billion in the Naira currency. Hushpuppi does not own a private jet, but of course he flies in them, Hushpuppi never dodges from snapping (taking photos) in front of these beastly birds. At other times, Hushpuppi posts pictures of himself sitting inside one of these private jets he hires reading a FORBES MAGAZINE. One striking fact about Hushpuppi’s lifestyle is that he is not always known to be with various women at a time, and hence he is believed not to have numerous girlfriends. In the pictures he posts on Instagram, it is surprisingly rare to see him with women and in a way this has made his fans wonder exactly who his girlfriend is.
However, a particular girl stands different in all, Amirah Dyme,
Who is Hushpuppi’s Girlfriend?
Hushpuppi’s alleged girlfriend is Amirah Dyme, the lady with an Arabian name which stands for “princess” is an instagram model with more than 3 million followers. However, according to a website, Amirah’s relationship with Hushpuppi has hit the rocks following his arrest by Dubai police.
Hushpuppi has posed with different, expensive car brands including Rolls Royce, Maybachs, Ferraris, Mercedes Benz, Lamboghini and many more! We cannot fully ascertain whether he owns all the cars he flaunts on social media but the prices of these cars Hushpuppi shows off on social media are way outrageous! Take for instance all these cars are worth millions upon millions!
How Hushpuppi Was Arrested By The Dubai Police
The Dubai police has released an official documentary video of Raymond Igbalode Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi. The influential internet fraudster was arrested in a sting operation by police officials in the UAE two weeks ago.
Hushpuppi who is known to be highly influential on social media boasts of up to 2.3 million followers yet many didn’t know his source of massive wealth until the Dubai police caught up with him.
Hushpuppi was arrested alongside Mr. Woodberry whose real name is Olalekan Jacob Ponle along with 10 other “gang” members for money laundering and cyber crime.
Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said the arrest of ‘Hushpuppi‘, ‘Woodberry’ and ten gang members involved in money laundry and cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety as well as preserving people’s money and property.
In a report obtained by GULF TODAY; Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police said,
“Similar to operation ‘Fox Hunt 1’ that took down an African gang of nine online scammers last February, Op ‘Fox Hunt 2’ is another painful hit to cyber criminals who try to mess with the world’s security and safety,”
The Dubai police through Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) also revealed how the operation’s went, detailing how they got Hushpuppi and Woodberry.
The CID said that upon receiving the security intel about an African gang involved in money-laundering and cyber fraud, an investigation team was formed to track down the suspects, make the arrest and put an end to the gang’s illegal activities that have been badly affecting individuals and companies overseas and targeting their bank accounts and credit cards.
“After verifying available information, the team has started to track the gang including “Hushpuppi”, who celebrated his wealth via social media platform, under a businessman façade, in an attempt to lure victims from all over the world,”
Al Jallaf said.
Al Jallaf also added stating that the anti-cybercrime task force was able to track the gang members and detect their criminal activities.
How Hushpuppi Scammed People
Hushpuppi and co scammed hundreds of people by;
1. Creating fake accounts on social media website with fake nicknames.
2. Hacking corporate emails to deceive clients into making money transfers to the gang’s bank accounts.
Al-Jallaf who was obviously elated by the news also added
“The suspects also targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money,”
The director of Dubai CID said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
“The sting team responsible for Hushpuppi’s capture also seized more than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims”,
Further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, made the Dubai Police investigators uncover sensitive information obtained by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.
Hushpuppi’s Arrest By The Federal Bureau Investigation and the Dubai police sent shockwaves to Nigerians, even going to the extent of making headlines all across the Nigerian media sphere. To some Nigerians, Hushpuppi’s arrest by these law enforcement agencies came as a surprise while to many others, it was expected as he had being previously tagged by some to be a Yahoo boy (Internet Fraudster) Hushpuppi was arrested alongside one “Woodberry” (Many Nigerians do not know him) but some who checked his profile on Instagram also found out that he also displayed wealth and luxury on his page.
The Woodberry guy is also based in the United Arab Emirates; specifically Dubai. In a widely shared video online, Hushpuppi could be spotted and seen taken away from the very expensive apartment he lived in into a police vehicle waiting downstairs. Hushpuppi did not resist arrest and the whole process was peaceful and without any show of violence. The identities of the Dubai police and the FBI who escorted Hushpuppi out of the building are shrouded in mystery. His arrest soon became the number 1 topic on most all social media platforms in the country, with the story of his arrest on the lips of many who talked about it with vigour and rigour; it didn’t take quite long and various stories of why he was arrested started saturating many blogs and vlogs. Some vlogs even went as far as showing a photoshopped image of Hushpupi being led away by FBI agents. So the question, Why was Hushpuppi Arrested?
Why was Hushpuppi Arrested by The FBI and Dubai Police
Hushpuppi is currently questioned by prosecutors and investigators at the Bur Dubai section in the United Arab Emirates; Hushpuppi is currently arrested on internet fraud allegations leveled against him by the United States. According to this UAE website, Hushpuppi was arrested on charges that claim he was part of a hacking ring that sent unsuspecting emails masking themselves as reputable companies to customers with the sole purpose of diverting cash to themselves. Another source claims that he is part of a group that hacked their way into US Database, subsequently obtaining classified information of victims which they used to file for unemployment and finally paid off millions of dollars totaling about 30 million in dollars. These sources also claim that he made away with funds meant for coronavirus victims in the United States.
The top Nigerian Fraud Investigation Agency, The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced after the arrest of Hushpuppi by the FBI and Dubai police that they were not part of the arrest of Hushpuppi. In a statement by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, the commission has no hand in the investigation of Hushpuppi. However, Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also said that they are willing to work with the FBI and the Dubai police to get to the absolute root of the matter.
Abike Dabiri-Enewa, Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora after learning of the arrest of Hushpuppi by the FBI and the Dubai police wasted no time in condemning the alleged accusations Hushpuppi was accused on, which basically centers on fraud.
Mrs Dabiri-Enewa stated that it was the likes of Hushpuppi who spoil the image of Nigeria and Nigerians abroad. Her points also bordered on the fact that when Nigerians are working legitimate jobs all through the day, some are still bent on trying to make money illegally, tarnishing the country’s image. She posted the tweet on Twitter where she is very active in;
Allegations against Ramoni Igbalode a k a Hushpuppi running into millions in fraud.I stress again ,not a yardstick to judge NiGERIANS excelling abroad . One bad apple should indeed not spoil the whole bunch https://t.co/oqLBfYmVgY
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) June 18, 2020
Hsuhpuppi now joins a long list of Nigerian nationals who have been caught by law enforcement agencies all across Europe, the United States and Asia on fraud allgations.
The Influence of Hushpuppi To Nigerian Youths
No doubt, Hushpuppi greatly influenced and still influences some Nigerian youths. These influences tend to be in a negative light as many of these youths who have witnessed the luxury and enormous wealth Hushpuppi displayed on Social media; are in an uncontrollable frenzy to make money in whatever means, how ever they can, and in whatever way. A good number of these Nigerian youths have long opted for internet fraud as the last hope and final bus stop to acquire unimaginable wealth in a very short time. The world is moving at a very fast pace and many do not want to be left out, hence they are willing to do just anything to make money.
The private jets, cars, and luxury shown on social media has blinded the eyes of many Nigerian youths who want to make it big “Just like Hushpuppi did”
The fact remains, Hushpuppi will NEVER be forgotten by Nigerians. At least to an extent he is successful with a following base of over 2 million followers on Instagram, his all-time favourite social media platform. While we wait for the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), The Dubai police, and other investigators and prosecutors to finish their investigations on Hushpuppi, we hope his arrest and possibly incarceration will not further fuel the already set trend, pattern and purported character that most Nigerians are scammers.
Some Nigerians are of the opinion that the arrest of Hushpuppi by the FBI and the Dubai police will further haunt Nigerians who try to do legitimate business with foreigners who might suspect them of being Fraudsters when they are not.
FINAL NOTICE: Hushpuppi has not yet been found guilty in a court on all the allegations on him.