Dubai police confirm arresting Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi
By Michael Nampala 26 Jun 2020 09:42 PM EAT
Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi real name Raymond Abbas Igbalodely, 38, is under police custody on fraud allegations to the tune of USD 435M. He was arrested alongside 12 others in an operation code named Fox Hunt 2.
"My Cars - No matter what you do in life, always upgrade and update! ALL MINE." That was the caption Hushpuppi used while showing off his posh rides that include a Maybach, Purple Rolls Royce, Black Bentley and a Red Novitec Rosso Ferrari. Among the items that the Dubai Police seized included 13 of his super rides
"Hushpuppi and his team of scammers were known for creating fake websites of existing websites in order to redirect their victim's payments to their own accounts."
"The gang also specializes in hacking corporate emails and sending fake messages to clients in order to redirect financial transfers and people's financial details to their own accounts," a source from Dubai Police said.
Dubai E-Police team has been tracking him and taking note of all his social media activities.
At the time of the arrest, Dubai police was able to recover items worth 150M Dirhams the equivalent of 152 Million Uganda Shillings. Other items that were found in their possession include 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 storage memory devices and 5 hard disks containing data of 1,926,400 victims.
13 luxury cars that include a Brabus, Rolls Royce and Bentley among others were also impounded.
DUBAI Police maintains that it will bring all cyber criminals to justice.
Hushpuppi joined Instagram in 2012 and has 2.4M followers. He is famed for flaunting a luxurious lifestyle. On his IG profile, he states that he is a Real Estate Developer.
Abbas was arrested on Jun 10. His last post on Instagram was on Jun 6 which happened to be a Rolls Royce Cullinan, probably his latest addition to his fleet of other posh rides that Bentley, Ferrari and Novitec Rosso and a Mercedes Maybach among others.
This was the caption of the Rolls Royce Cullinan;
"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."
Hushpuppi never put on the same clothes twice and his were all labels ranging from Fendi, LV, Gucci, Nike, Versace most of which were customized with his Hushpuppi avatar.
This was one of the comments from his followers on the posh rides pic;
"I hope the Dubai judicial system will be kind enough to leave you at least one of those cars. You don't wanna go from Ferrari to Nissan Datsun ohh!!"
No doubt, Sheila Gashumba enjoyed every bit of her Dubai short vacation, but the highlight of her DXB trip was when she bumped into this extremely rich Nigerian called Ray Hushpuppi, real name, Raymond Igbalodely.
The two seemed to get on very well. "I am with the richest man in Dubai," Sheila noted