The police authorities in Dubai on Thursday announced that Instagram celebrity, Ramon Igbalode Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States.
The security outfit disclosed this on its social media page.
In a statement, the Dubai police said the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) extended its gratitude to the UAE crime unit for its role in apprehending and extraditing the internet celebrity.
“FBI thanks Dubai Police for arresting and extraditing Hushpuppi and Woodberry.
“The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry” who were taken down in operation “Fox Hunt 2.”
“Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United States.”
Hushpuppi was arrested last month alongside his associates of 11 other Nigerians, including Olalekan Ponle, better known as Woodbery.
The suspects were arrested on June 10, for alleged crimes committed outside the UAE, including money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, impersonation, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft worth Dh1.6 billion (an estimated N168 billion).
It is also understood that about 1,926,400 victims were targeted by the syndicate.