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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

How Hushpuppi Killed Ramon Abbas And Set To Rock His Orange Jumpsuit

What you are about to read is so Interesting that you wont stop until you get to the last dot........




It is Ramon Abbas he bears. Even that name puzzles. Some reports anglicise his first name as Raymond. But it is Hushpuppi we know, poetic, lyrical and even symbolic.


 Hush implies silent, furtive, conspiratorial, shadowy. Puppy, in this regard, means playful like a week-old dog. That makes him a sly dog.


But then it has other origin stories. Some others date it back to the founding of New Orleans that gives the world Mahdi Gras, an unhinged carnival for pilgrims of pleasure. An immigrant woman invented a snack of a ball out of cornmeal and the city called it hushpuppy. Their own incarnation of akara. Even then, Abbas’ nickname is spelt ending with an i instead of a y.


The one picture that has trended of late features him in a shirt sporting a familiar brand Fendi. But another brand had been stalking him like a forest cat, slinking, longsuffering and calculating. It was a brand as counterforce: FBI. Nabbed in Dubai but caught in the United States, the sojourn of a colorful conman comes to an end. Behind bars, he will wear neither Gucci nor LV, but an orange top that will, at best, say INMATE.


Now he is no more Hushpuppi. He is now Abbas. He buried his real name in a casket of lies and deceit. He was reborn a glamour icon, one-named, abandoned home, and became a global Smart Alec. He was a man of means with no means of livelihood. He conquered cyberspace, dispossessed the gullible, stashed his global bank account, strutted the world, amassed dream cars, snored in palaces, dressed like a fop, preened like a peacock, seduced the young and befuddled the old.


He became a role model to a lazy generation that lapped luxury without labour. When he was caught, the FBI buried Hushpuppi and rebirthed Abbas. But where is the real Abbas though? Can he recognise Ramon again? He cannot. Like Sophocles’ Antigone, he “neither dwells among men nor ghosts.” He is in a dazed world, a wraith. He died twice; he is born again a jailbird, his third life. He was reckless. 


Now he is a wreck.


But Abbas is a tale for the moment, if in reverse. He was caught trying to denude a group of people in millions of dollars in palliatives in a time of pandemic. 


Abbas is a picture of avarice at a time of sacrifice. He was flaunting his shoes, cars, mansion, parties at a time when many hid behind homes, suffered in hospitals, coughed in misery, mourned or were mourned. He represented a heartless species when we were supposed to be our neighbours’ keepers, when many were suddenly whisked out of work.



When his fellow country folks lost their jobs, and men of means contributed their millions and billions to the poor, Abbas was a show-off. The thing with Abbas was no lockdown could stop his party. His extravagance was online. The world was his audience. He flourished and frolicked in real time and space, but his fans joined him virtually. His was a voyeur’s paradise. The young gawped and gawked, followed him, and commented. When they cursed, they did it out of smouldering admiration. He had come to represent a generation of Nigerians who did not trust their parents or their bosses or their leaders. They followed their greed. They followed Hushpuppi. 

He was a priest of a new goddess: money.


Abbas for them was a sort of escape. He had become the man who gamed the system and scored. All the stadia in the world applauded. They are like the character of the English novel Billy Liar, a young man who lived in his imagination where he had attained power, wealth and glory, although he had nothing other than living from paycheck to paycheck. Abbas embodied that escape for them. They lived in Hushpuppi. They wore his Fendi, lived in his palace, flew in his jet, caroused his women, or were his women, they sat in the driver’s seat of his Ferrari and Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.



Here fellow Nigerians had no chance to host Owambes. Weddings and birthdays and funerals have been pruned to parlors and backyards. It is a time for humility, and it was only proper that the man who countered it be caught and put away.


These days no one has anywhere to go with Gucci shoes. No first class tickets to buy to London and take pictures for online vanity. No one has a chance to pile pockets with dollars and pounds to spray a celebrant. Those with big cars cannot drive them to anywhere for displays. No extravagances for the Mephistophelean or the harmless show man. The worst we can do is dress up at home, and flaunt it to our child or wife or husband, like Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectation who dressed every day for years in her wedding clothes and died in it without leaving her home.



Those with special cars only warm their engines and drive around the neighbourhood. These times are revealing our material constipation. Abbas, the man of constipation, has now left the building, his bowels rumbling with faecal waste.


Things are upside down. Those who see churches and mosques as avenues for amassing wealth are crowing that they want people together but they are tempting the Lord. 


It is possible that Abbas had some of these men of God praying for him, and he may be taking from this stolen money to feather the house of God. It is an irony we have people like this thriving when we hear men of God preaching. The point though is that this is an age where the Word of the Lord is trading places with the wealth of the Word. Quite a few churches give precedence to material splendor. It is a different kind of hypocrisy from a war-time play Mother Courage where Brecht says, “Whenever there’s a load of special virtues around, it means something stinks.”


Abbas epitomises the Yahoo Boys, and his fall is their fall. It is a comeuppance for a tribe of desperadoes who have demonised technological genius. The new frontier of progress is also their front for fraud.


It is not for nothing that he has been associated with some of our big-name politicians, even if they had nothing in common. He has had photo-ops with a few of them. If he were not Hushpuppi but merely Ramon Abbas, we might not have seen such pictures.


But our politicians have one quality in common with him: impunity. Where leaders promise and turn back on their word, it is as bad a lie as a Hushpuppi popping up on a person’s email and asking for one piece of information and turning the email into an opportunity to stalk and destroy. They are the monitoring spirits of the internet. They get the person’s account and they empty it.


We also see our politicians take away our money when others have nothing. Fraud is now familiar terrain of politicians. To be a politician is to seek avenue for self-service, not service to all. But the arrest of Abbas is hope, but not enough. It shows even the new frontier can be stalked and the crime encircled and ended. Our people are not doing well enough to catch those who are well-off by wrong means. A few have been caught. We want more.



Abbas is caught today, and no one is hailing him. His audience is now jeering. He is like Jay Gatsby in Scot Fitzgerald’s novel. He acquires his fable of wealth to get back a woman, and buys a big mansion just like Hushpuppi. Every neighbour comes to his frequent parties but not the woman he craves.



 He eventually dies alone and poor. Everybody comes to his parties but no one goes to his funeral. Abbas is alone now. So is Hushpuppi. Abbas looks on as no one comes to Hushpuppi’s funeral. Hushpuppi’s frozen eyes look without seeing as Abbas goes behind bars.

By Sam Omatseye
The Nation newspaper

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    1. Nice write up, I was so sure it was Reno until I got to the last bit. I actually insulted Reno when I read the paragraph that talked about Nigeria politicians as my mind went to him being a part of our cruel leaders.

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    2. Hmmmm when the curtain falls the applause dies down...

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    4. Same with me annon 09:17 , thought it was Reno's handwriting. Hmmmmm Hush is in for it. He choose the way for himself so should carry his cross

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    5. Reno ke? abi Abati?

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    6. I thought it was Reuben Abati

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    7. I meant Reuben Abati 😂😂.

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    8. Waiting for Mr Reuben Abati's.

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  2. Reading this yesterday,was just SMH

    After studying the 28 page affidavit submitted by the FBI agent who investigated #Hushpuppi and I noted the following...

    1. In Hushpuppi's fraud network, he wasn't even the MAIN guy... His job was only to make bank accounts available for the Main guy to transfer the money into the accounts he provided.
    So when next someone asks you to give them your account number for their friend in overseas to send them money through, please be careful. They can use your account to move illegal funds.

    2. The main guy who used to conduct the Hacking is not a Nigerian. He was arrested in October last year but the FBI detained him and may have used him to chat with hushpuppi.. So hushpuppi thought he was still communicating with his hacker without knowing that his hacker may have made a deal with FBI to nail him.
    Here's the lesson - if you hire a Hacker for a dirty job, the day he gets arrested, he will become an asset to FBI and he will personally lure you into your grave. The main hacker's identity is protected because he's an asset to FBI but look at how hushpuppi was publicly disgraced because he's a MERE thief.

    3. The FBI agent that investigated the case leaned on Hushpuppi's Instagram and snapchat accounts to mail him further.

    Beware of what you post on social media. Beware of your comments and inbox messages. Be careful.

    4. Hushpuppi has no I.T skills. He was a complete novice who just used to pay strangers to hack for him.
    Lesson - the Hacker you are paying today will definitely destroy you tomorrow.

    © Maranatha.

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    1. No be small thing oooo, for a moment,I thought it was Uncle Ruben Abati, I was wrong.
      Hushpuppi/ Ramon/Raymond should carry his cross,he should chest it with all pleasure

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    3. I love this comment! FBI don't play, this is the same way they took down the mafia in the states. They love informants

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    4. Of course, Hushpuppy was only a channel for the stolen money, hacking no be beans, you need to be tech savvy to do that,which O doubt the Puppi is...

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    5. Hmmmm
      All is VANITY.
      Always remember to close your mouth while eating (copied)

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    6. You're right. But I don't think Hush was paying hackers to hack for him, naah. Guy wasn't in charge at all. Rather, Hackers were paying him to supply accounts for them. Also, he would have still been nailed someday, social media or not. FbI still nails Nigerian fraudsters almost every month, just that those ones aren't famous.

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    7. Anon you are right but believe me the FBI needs to protect the real hacker because he has been caught,he is actually a nigerian and his name is Invictus,read the 28 pages well,he was caught last year at the airport around the same time,add 1+1 together you will know its invictus,he has confessed,he has being promised a lesser jail term,they all work together,did you read the nigerian slang they use in communicating,such as AZAA, House etc? Shows the guy is a Nigerian apart from the Pakistani guy that follows hush up and down.

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    1. I thought it was Reuben..Wow Sam Omatsheye is a fine writer and I enjoy his column alot

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  4. Interesting read !
    Hush Puppi , begone already !

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  5. I still pity him tho,nice article

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    1. Say what??? ?

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    2. You pity him? Dear God! Have you been scammed before? Has any of your loved ones ever fall victim? I will hold my peace wouldn’t reply you with cusses in my fury state.

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    4. Pity what?
      I don't pity him because he made honest working class people look like they aren't working and also made close to 2 million people cry in debts.

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    5. Most of the old people defrauded died suddenly out of shock and heartbreak, most of the other half committed suicide because no one will believe them. How can one feel sorry for the people who caused these pains?

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    6. @Amazon how can you pity a thief, I guess you haven't been scammed by the likes of these criminals disgracing Nigerians abroad! Well my sister was scammed by these useless thieves in 2007 of $5000 so pity yourself.

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    7. @Amazon will pity him bcos she's birds of a feathers like them. Awon iyawo ole alatenuje.

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    8. awon yahoo is not a crime geng...

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  6. Na wah! He chose his part

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  7. What a world we live in.
    You can never eat your cake and have it.

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  8. Scammers/yahoo guys are so heartless ,..... like Nigerias politicians. Very devious!

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    1. These yahoo boys front for politicians.

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  9. He chose this path. His greed was his downfall. I do not support this yahoo of a thing, but when he "chopped" enough, he should have stopped. Then again, most of them don't.

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    1. They never get satisfied and that's always their downfall

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    2. I'm happy he was caught. I just wish upcoming yahoo guys/babes will learn from this.

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    3. Dont you want him to buy the lastest car? They are never satisfied.

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    4. Greed would always request for more . And this is always their undoing.
      May he reap all he has sown in thousand folds .
      People died cos of this , lost their means of living and etc .
      I have no pity for him .

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    5. @ Ms tee, he has the latest cars o, but by the time he comes out they'll be gone.
      @Choco baibay, i have zero pity for him sef. He will surely reap all that

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    6. Bondage. They can't stop. Sin keeps coming back for more, won't let go.

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  10. I have no pity for the foolish thing.Later some people will say they don't mind dating or marrying a yahoo boy.
    Greedy,Heartless and wicked souls everywhere! Go and marry him in prison now.

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    1. Call him a thief not thing. God created things and he created humans and called us thus. Our free will made us deviate from doing good to evil. Therefore calling a perfect creature of God THING is a direct smear on the CREATOR.
      Please don't be mad at my correction.

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  11. we all pay for our actions

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  12. He stole to show off. He is an unrepentant thief. When did he actually planned to stop??? Greedy man

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    1. He never planned to stop.
      He was a great showman.
      He did all of his crimes because he wanted to show off to people that he has arrived without truly working for it.

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  13. Hushpuppy lived life on the fast lane, he wanted the fame, power, money and the flamboyance now and he showed the world he had arrived. he peppered them, celebrates were his friend and they acknowledged him. He knew this day would come. As the saying goes one day for the thi

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    1. Thank God he was caught if not I wouldn't be surprised if he came back to contest for a political position in Nigeria.

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    2. @ Brown Sucre so you think he can't contest in Nigeria and win even with this international disgrace? It is like you don't understand the level of decadence in Nigeria.

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  14. Hmmmmm, nice write-up....most people celebrate money especially we Nigerians. If a Nigerian adult sees a teenager that is a millionaire, you'll begin to hear"Baba o, Boss of life!...For Hushpuppi, its game over. He has enjoyed so its time to suffer😎

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    1. "He became a role model to a lazy generation that lapped luxury without labour"

      When PMB used the term lazy youths, we foamed in the mouth.

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    2. @ Anon 10:14 - concerning foaming in the mouth, please speak for your self and your household. Now as for PMB, he has no moral justification to call Nigerian youth lazy because he is part of the problem. Iwotago?

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  15. See where greed has led him to

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  16. I hope him been apprehended teaches others that Crime don't always end well

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    1. It won't teach them anything, rather they will be saying, huspuppi baba no strong, if not them for no catch am.
      They will go and invest in one "baba"and hope that the baba won't make them get caught.

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  17. They dont even know when to stop

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  18. Vanity was his favorite sin.

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  19. He’s been arrested, can we rest now?
    Our politicians are doing worse but hey let’s look the other way and make hush Look like the first person to ever steal people’s money.
    I bet the only reason people are happy about this is cause he flaunted his ill gotten wealth. But hey the politicians aren’t flaunting theirs....we’ll only see their loot after they are dead.

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    1. Rest ko, sleep ni. Go and shut those people dragging him up.

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    2. Our law does not work in this country even those that are meant to implement the law are corrupt gush was apprehended where the law works and that’s my own happiness but you know what? Everyday for the thief, one day, just one day for the owner. you are low key an apologist sis.

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    3. Lol Im an apologist cause I’m not joining the band wagon of people insulting him? I only digressed to a matter that pains me more than what he did. I do not pity him.
      As a matter of fact I’m very glad he’s caught cause I saw through all his rubbish from day one so maybe that’s why him being caught isn’t surprising to me...But okay here it goes “hush puppi, May you rot in hell.”

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    4. Convince me love, I’m not asking you to join the bandwagon but if you have ever been scammed and you still have such a loving heart towards fraudsters wow! I admire you I dare say. On the other hand, I have been duped and I know what it feels like for someone to play on your intelligent and swindle you of your hard earn money thereby making you look stupid. It’s all love from here haney ❤️😘😘

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    5. Picture I promise you even if I havnt been duped directly, my sister has been duped. She was duped off rent In this Lagos in lekki. This was in 2014. Till now the case is still in court. Guess what, the duper’s dad holds a political position in the area. So there’s not much we can do. You are angry at hush puppi cause you feel what he did while me I’m angry at the government cause when I remember the duper’s father i get angry.
      I love you I promise.

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  20. Unending greed!! This pandemic ordinarily should humble everyone and bring us closer to God.
    Whoever thought 2020 will be like this?

    In the midst of this crisis, some people thought it was ok to steal palliatives meant for struggling families who can barely feed due to loss of income, heartless lots.

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  21. I remember saying his secrets will soon be exposed on here! I said it in Yoruba dialect some idiots came for me! That aside, Nigerians are the reason Nigeria will never be great going through his previous post one sqounk has the guts to say “God will come through for You hushpuppi” which God? I ask again which God? Smh

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    1. Nigeria would never be great cos of sentiments, tribalism, cover ups and false solidarity.
      Let's all learn to call evil by its proper name no sugarcoating .
      People saying God would come through for him are properly referring to a small god not the Almighty God that hates sin and wickedness.

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    2. Mammon. The god of materialism

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    3. Don't mind the shamelessness yahoo apologists. I pray they all fall victims to this heartless criminals. They will tell you they're only after Oyinbo maga what about the ones duping Nigerians at home? I've been duped before and I knew what I went through that tough Period of my life.

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    4. Darling Noir you better preach sistur😘❤️
      Koko, yes! That’s the god 🤣🤣🤣
      First daughter,My dear, I was duped one time oh God the exprience and trauma is better left unsaid it’s something I will not wish on my enemy even though I don’t usually wish my enemies well.

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  22. One thing you must know is that these guys may come out after their time as multi billionaire cause heard from a close source that they stashed lot of fund in their bitcoins acct ! No way the fbi can retrieve these fund except they tender their logins if nt ......
    Tory for another

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    1. He will be coming out a billionaire at almost 60 yrs of age. All his youth wasted with nothing tangible except I'll gotten wealth. My dear anon crime doesn't pay. There's nothing like freedom in life.

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  23. You you want hustle, hustle legit to have peace o

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    1. I have no single pity for this wicked puppy.

      Even the Bible says,Godliness with contentment is great gain.

      And to tappers association,not all that glitters is gold.

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  24. Orange will compliment his colour,nice write up. Hard work pays not scamming innocent people off their hard working earned money

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  25. Interesting write up. It doesn't pay to be greedy. As for those praying for him, I don't even know what I say to you guys. It's only in Nigeria you will see people praying for someone who stole from others and caused them heartache. Let him go and pay for his greed and thievery

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  26. Onwu ga egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya anu isi nsi. If not,why would he flaunt his Ill gotten wealth up and down?

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  27. Fast life will get you in trouble.

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  28. Mr Dino was a politician and he flaunts as well. Nigerian Youths use SM wisely. Imagine him singing “enu mi ti fe bukata mi ti po baba ba mi gbe” on YouTube while showing pics of Ferrari, rolls, Lamborghini etc in kogi? Where are the youths of Kogi? And all of them in the 774 states? FBI did not just go after this guy. They got tips! If you live in a neighborhood where there is a certain median income and nobody knows your livelihood then you buy a Ferrari and Lamborghini, trust me, someone will tip FBI and American Justice is very patient but thorough! Some of those cars cost $400,000 each and they don’t lose value like other regular luxury cars so a 10 year old Lamborghini may still be $250k. Then he has Ferrari’s, etc! Only in Nigeria! Before you mention Trump, they are waiting to prosecute him in the Southern District Of NY that’s why he is desperate for a second term so the statute of limitation takes effect!

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    1. this coruption thing is a vicious circle in this country. yes we need to speak out but have you also thought of those people that have been burnt speaking out? you go to the nigerian police as an informant are you safe? anonymously sef will they take you serious? we are getting there small small. when i see some comments on social media about this guy from young people i just smh. weneed to start rebuilding a generation of people who think differently and are willing to do different

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  29. Interesting article...pretty sure it's Mardi Gras though and not "Mahdi Gras" as the writer stated.

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  30. Hushpuppy is a product of a failed society and system-Nigeria. He is a true reflection of the society we live in and call our nation; a place where money is worshipped above all with reckless abandon. He is just one of many Nigerian Hushpuppies scattered across Nigeria and abroad. Indded, 'Nigeria' youths are 'lazy.'

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  31. Nice write up . Was so sure it was Reuben Abati until I got to the end and saw Sam Omaseye .

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