Nigerians have mocked Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari after he denied receiving a bribe from a Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The United States Department of Justice had said ongoing investigations showed that Hushpuppi allegedly bribed Kyari to arrest one Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, one of his accomplices in Nigeria.
Reacting to the allegations making the rounds on Thursday morning, the DCP, in a statement on his verified Facebook page, denied that he received a bribe.
According to him, he only helped Hushpuppi buy some native caps and clothes he liked on him.
Part of his statement read: “Nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to save the people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened.
“Later, Hushpuppi saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page and he said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account. The native clothes and caps (5 sets) were brought to our office and he sent somebody to collect them in our office.”
This particular statement has stirred reactions from Nigerians who called out Kyari for dealing personally with someone like Hushpuppi.
They further questioned the authenticity of his statement, adding that Hushpuppi on his Instagram page only displayed pictures of himself on Gucci and other designer outfits not native attires.
@OnekiRoseline “So Abba kyari also carried out delivery services in addition to his dealership in native attires. Oga police I beg keep quiet.”
@Mstyma “So I can just see a style I like on an Efcc official or DSS and I will message her to get the styles for me abi what is this man telling us?”
@Germanprinz “For the fact that you admitted is already a problem. But I trust Buhari to promote him now to AIG if not DIG.”
@Amakaokolidd “You mean Gucci isi agu because I have never seen Hushpuppi wear native.”
@Letter_to_Jack “Abba Kyari Kaftan Logistics and co Nigeria Limited.”
@Herdaydotun “I will now send the DPO of my area police station to get me Beans and Bread.”
@Being_Ngodo “Not just a super cop but a native clothes vendor. Lmao.”
@ChinnyJoshua “Lol…Abba kyari the fashionista and fashion designer. In other words you’re Hushpuppi’s errand boy. Just realizing that fashion logistics is part of police designated duties .”
@Ademii0331 “He’s the Gucci master and everybody knows this. Not a native or cap person
Never have I seen him in one.”
@Ogbeni_Idowu “There’s no way you will defend yourself successfully without being at fault. Does the police act allow side hustle?”
@Tommieminds “DCP Fashion Designer Abba Kyari.”
@ Dondekojo “Several petitions against Abba Kyari for extortion and abuse in different states, they haven’t done anything about it”.