On the evening of June 9th, 2020, Nigerian social media was set abuzz with the then unconfirmed report that Dubai-based Nigerian socialite, Ray Hushpuppi had been apprehended by the FBI and Dubai Interpol on the grounds of being a fraudster.
The news spread like wildfire online as Nigerians had enough to say on the development of the flamboyant socialite, who’s known to lead a quite extravagant lifestyle with little or no detail of the source of his income.
Celebrities, netizens, politicians and more have all had a thing or two to say on the apprehension of the socialite in the United Arabs Emirates city… voices became more amplified when the Dubai police confirmed the arrest of the Big Boy and revealed that his fraudulent activities has close to 2 million victims.
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Hushpuppi, before his arrest was an ardent social media user, who’s known to not only show off his extravagant way of life but also talk on controversial issues happening across the country and beyond.
Combing through his Instagram page, we get to see the lifestyle of the socialite who easily indulges in the flashiest of material things; designer wears, expensive flights, exotic cars and all.
In his last Instagram post, the socialite, as is his usual wont, shares a photo of a quite luxurious whip, probably his latest addition to his fleet of exotic cars and says a prayer about prosperity not being a once upon a time story in people’s lives.
He went on to pray that God shames the people waiting for him to be shamed and it’s apparent that his prayers were unheard as not more than 48 hours later, he was nabbed by the authorities who’d been tracking his every move four months prior.
The socialite wrote,
May success and prosperity not be a “once upon a time” story in your life… 🙏. Thank you lord for the many blessings in my life 🙏🙏 continue to shame those waiting for me to be shamed 🙏🙏🙏
As Hushpuppi’s fate is being awaited, there’s been reports that Nigeria and the U.S. have launched the battle for the possession of alleged fraudster.
Officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) has been leading America’s effort to take possession of the socialite because many of those he allegedly scammed in years of advance fee fraud were Americans.
Officials could not immediately estimate the financial value of Mr Abbas’ alleged fraud, citing poor cooperation from Dubai authorities, but they expressed confidence his exploits spanned across Europe, U.S. and Nigeria. Details here