The spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, has advised Nigerians not to feel sorry or weep for suspected internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.
In an interview on a radio programme on Thursday, the Police PRO said there are bigger criminals in the country who operate like Hushpuppi and have swindled people.
Mba noted that the Nigerian Police will soon have the capacity to arrest criminals such as Hushpuppi and Woodberry, adding that the Force has achieved a lot of progress with the help of the Interpol unit located at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The Police PRO, however, advised parents and guardians to query any suspicious show of wealth by their children.
He said: “Hushpuppi will enjoy the privileges of being tried in a free world and in a liberal democracy. I also have no doubt about his capacity to pay for the best of lawyers. He’s a billionaire crook. He should have the capacity to pay.
“But the good thing about the law is that, when the facts are so clear, they speak for themselves. As long as the prosecution is able to make out their case and establish their case, the judge would certainly give judgment favour of the prosecution.
“However, if the prosecution is unable to prove their case, then the benefit of the doubt would be given to the suspect, although I doubt if that would happen in Huspuppi’s case.
“Because there is massive multilateral collaboration still working on that case and putting evidence together.
“I’m not going to weep for Hushpuppi and I say no one should. There are still a lot of baby Hushpuppis around, a lot of bigger Hushpuppis around.
“We will need to walk together as a people. Hushpuppi is a metaphor to look at the bigger picture facing us.”
Hushpuppi was arrested last month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police and later extradited to the United States for his trial. He, however, risks spending 20 years in jail, if found guilty of committing internet fraud.