Why Interpol might not hand over Hushpuppi to the EFCC

It is no longer news that operatives of the Interpol have finally arrested the flamboyant Nigerian socialite, Ray Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi was arrested alongside his friend at his luxury Dubai apartment in the United Arab Emirates last night.

However, there are new indications that he might not be handed over to the operatives of the Nigerian anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the EFCC.

According to details that led to his arrest, Hushpuppi is alleged to belonging to an Internet fraud ring that must have defrauded various states in America up to the tune of $100 million in unemployment benefits in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the United States.

If these allegations is the major complaint leading to his arrest, he could be extradited to the U.S. to face a criminal trial that could last for months.

While the Interpol and the EFCC have not made public announcements on the matter, there are indications that he was arrested with close cooperation of the EFCC.

It would be recalled that the Interpol had arrested Mompha, another Internet fraudster suspect but was handed over to the EFCC. Mompha is now facing trial on allegations of fraud, money laundering and operating illegal bureau de change.

Last week, we reported that authorities in the U.S.warned various states across the country that a fraud ring has infiltrated the unemployment benefit scheme to defraud unsuspecting victims.


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