The international police of Nigeria (Interpol) plans to extradite Instagram celebrity Raymond Igbalodeli, known as Hushpuppi, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria to face charges of multiple fraud, the Global Gist Nigeria reported on Friday.
Interpol is also on the trail of other associates of the alleged fraud who are resident in Nigeria to bring them to justice.
Interpol’s police Commissioner (CP) Garba Umar revealed them to Global Gist Nigeria yesterday, confirming the arrest of Igbalodeli, whose real name is said to be ramoni Igbalode.
He said: “Is it true that Hushpuppy was arrested by Interpol. We are currently working to bring him to Nigeria on fraud charges.
“Some crimes were committed here in Nigeria, and he must answer for them. He is not alone in this; there are accomplices in the country that we are now leading on their trail, ” KP said.
Hushpuppy, known for his reckless display of wealth on social media, was arrested three days ago for allegedly hacking into the United States (US) unemployment database and impersonating citizens eligible for unemployment funds.
He and his associates in Nigeria, Dubai and other countries allegedly defrauded the US of more than $ 100 million intended for native Americans in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Gist Nigeria reports that his arrest came three days after he posted a photo of his recently purchased 2020 Rolls Royce Cullinan, worth about $ 280 million, the latest addition to his fleet of exotic cars.
It was alleged that Khushpuppi was arrested along with two of his friends after weeks of investigation by the US Secret service, after an alert was raised in may about a criminal group of suspected Nigerians who hacked into citizens ‘ personal information and used bogus unemployment claims to steal hundreds of millions of dollars reserved for helping unemployed Americans.
The syndicate allegedly registered so many names of Americans who were still working in various state unemployment offices and collecting money from the system.
They allegedly used information stolen from emergency responders, government employees and school employees.
Escapades of a suspected fraudster
Ramon Agbolade may not ring the bell. But the mention of Hushpuppy warns many about the Nigerian-born Instagram celebrity who lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Hushpuppy is almost synonymous with glamour.
Until Wednesday, June 10, when he was allegedly arrested, he continued to entertain his 2.3 million Instagram followers with his lavish lifestyle. His name echoes glamour and panache as he speeds the globe on private planes, flaunting high-end clothing, watches and shoes on social media.
Known for its weakness for luxury and high-end brands such as Gucci, Balenciaga, Rolls Royce and Versace, Hushpuppi is a regular face in Dubai’s Premier luxury Department, Harvey Nichols.
Although Instagram Instagram instagram claims to be a real estate developer, according to his biography, his high taste for an expensive lifestyle has attracted not only 2.3 million followers on Instagram, but also celebrities and high-profile figures from various walks of life.
From music stars to soccer players and Nigerian lawmakers, the name Hushpuppy resonates around the world-with roots in Nigeria and Dubai.
Parties with Dino Melaye, Dogara and others
On January 7, 2020, former Senator Dino Melaye turned 46 and decided to throw a lavish party for the occasion in Dubai. The list of guests included the names of former speaker of the House of representatives Yakubu Dogara and former representative of the agro-industrial complex Timi Frank. Also at the party, filled with guests of honor, was none other than Hushpuppy, an Instagram celebrity who had fun and was photographed with Dogara, Timi Frank and Dino Melaye
The lifestyle shown by Hushpuppi on Instagram has attracted several Nigerian music stars to it. Touted as a philanthropist, music stars such as Olamide and 9ice sang the praises of the Hushpuppies with reckless abandon. It is, however, not certain that these music stars have benefited from Hushpuppi’s bounty.
16 November 2014, Hushpuppy was spotted along with the star of “the Kuker” IANA. He shared a photo of himself with the singer with the caption: “went out for dinner with Mr. Oreo Iyanya.”
On November 1, 2018, Hushpuppi shared a photo of himself with Wizkid. The two were seen hanging out somewhere in Dubai.
Hushpuppi meets Manchester city defender
On March 26, 2019, Hushpuppi shared a photo of himself with Manchester city and France defender Benjamin Mendy. Although the nature of the relationship between the Instagram celebrity and the footballer could not be established, he captioned the picture: “I would like to play for Manchester city and be humble and down-to-earth like my brother Ben Mendy. Thank you for being the most amazing person in the world, bro.”
Clashes with Nigerian celebrities
From David to Anioly Badmus, XI, Fino and Timeiy, Hushpuppy had its fair share of controversy. First, he attacked davido, claiming that He was richer than the musician. He boasted about his authentic designer clothes and shoes, saying that many Nigerian celebrities wear fake products.
He also trolled Phyno and Iceprince, saying that since the Duo wear fake Patek wristwatches, they should stop complaining when people pirate their music. He also took the same line with Eniola Badmus and Timaya, who dragged him in anger and forced him to return to Nigeria.
Between Hushpuppi and Mompha
Hushpuppy is rarely seen with individuals in his Instagram posts. But on December 14, 2015, he shared a photo of himself and Momfa, announcing to his followers that they were both flying to Malaysia on a private jet for some business deals after spending millions on designer shoes, bags and clothing. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the relationship between the two Instagram celebrities has since soured.
Interestingly, Khushpuppi was arrested in Dubai exactly eight months after Momfa was arrested in Abuja by the EFCC’s economic and financial crimes Commission on fraud charges.