SWITZERLAND, JUNE 26 – The Media Office of the Dubai Police Force, United Arab Emirates, has revealed how it arrested Nigerian socialite, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi and chilling details of his alleged crimes.
Dubai Police arrested Hushpuppi, Woodberry and 11 other members of their gang on June 9, 2020, reportedly at the behest of the FBI.
From the onset, Hushpuppi had been a somewhat enigmatic character. Although there has been no proof, many Nigerians suspected his wealth may not have been acquired through legal means, but they loved him, nonetheless. Despite his apparent affluence, it was hard to trace a commensurate source of revenue.
Once when he was asked what he did for a living, he said he was an internet beggar. At some other time, he said he is an ambassador for Gucci. Even after arrest, his real name remains a mystery with different versions touted in the media including Raymond Igbalodely, Ramoni Abbas, and Ramoni Igbalode.
In a video released on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, the Dubai police Force said that the gang had stolen up to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion), through various kinds of electronic fraud.
No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspects. Also, 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7 billion) were recovered from the house where they were arrested.
The video also revealed that a special team had been tracking the suspect and his gang’s activities on social media for about four months.The operation leading to the arrests was dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”.
While footage of the operation played, a narrator said, “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.