The National Coalition of Democrats (NCD) has charged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and International Police to investigate Nigerian politicians over links with embattled international cyber fraudster, Raymond Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Popular for his flamboyant lifestyle on social media, Hushpuppi and 12 others were nabbed in Dubai by Interpol on June 10 over multiple cybercrimes and money laundering to the tune of 150 million dirhams (N168 billion).
The spokesman of NCD, Garuba Nuhu, said that the group reasoned that there could be more to this act, especially with Hushpuppi’s known relationship with some PDP members, as seen in pictures and videos on social media.
They are hoping the likes of Senator Dino Melaye and other prominent people are brought to book following their close relationship with Hushpuppi.
Photographs featuring Hushpuppi, Melaye and several other politicians have emerged on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in recent times.
According to the group, Hushpuppi might have actually worked discreetly with the opposition party in the build-up to the 2019 general elections.
Alleging that Nigerian politicians may have been first-line beneficiaries of the fraud committed by Hushpuppi, NCD called on FBI and Interpol to widen the scope of their investigation.
“Hushpuppi could have likely assisted these individuals to launder funds through his network because the level of fraternity between Hushpuppi and these individuals points to that direction,” the group said.