Unconfirmed report claims Apple has denied Dubai access to unlock iPhone belonging Hushpuppi

An unconfirmed report claimed Police operatives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates were not given access to unlock an iPhone seized from Hushpuppi.

The report which is now trending on Twitter claimed Apple Inc. denied access on privacy concerns.

However, it is very unlikely that security operatives would be denied such requests as they can get a court order to compel Apple to open a backdoor to the device(s).

Apart from his lavish lifestyle which he portrays open on his Instagram page, Hushpuppi owns several expensive iPhone devices.

In 2018, Hushpuppi announced the acquisition of a customized Gold-plated iPhone X which costs him over N2.4 million.

On Wednesday, authorities in Dubai confirmed the arrest of Ray Hushpuppi. Referred to as Raymond Abbas in Dubai, he was arrested alongside his associates on the 10th of June.

According to National UAE, a major news website in the Emirates, said prosecutors in Dubai said, Ramoni Igbalode also known as Raymond Igbalodely but known as Raymond Abbas in Dubai was referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section.

Dubai prosecutors said they have charged him for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”

Security officers in the emirate arrested Mr Abbas and 12 others for online fraud that targets companies and individuals.

“They would send out letters from email addresses almost identical to those of legitimate companies, targeting customers of these companies, with the purpose of diverting payments to themselves,” said a senior prosecutor.

“Initial information includes that he was part of this gang which fraudulently obtained cash and cars from people.

“His statement was taken by the prosecution but this is just the beginning of prosecution investigations,” the statement said.

If the latest confirmation is anything to go by, it means the UAE alongside the Interpol must have liquidated Hushpuppi’s alleged Internet fraud ring.

Apart from prosecutors in Dubai who are Ben on prosecuting him, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has confirmed that they will be prosecuting Hushpuppi for his many alleged fraudulent crimes.

EFCC said in a statement by its spokesperson that:

“Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray Hushpuppi, recently arrested by the International Police and the FBI, has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the EFCC.


“The commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving many high-profile cybercriminals facing trial in Nigeria.

“The commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him. Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks with him are also being investigated,”

“Hushpuppi was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35million ventilator scam,” the statement said.

Earlier today, we reported that Cubana Chief Priest, the major promoter of Cubana Night Club, has been arrested by the operatives of the Nigerian Police.

People who claimed to have knowledge of the matter said he is being detained for misuse of police personnel, illegal use of weapons and his unexplained extravagant lifestyle.

Cubana Chief Priest whose real name is Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu has in recent times expanded his night club across major entertainment hubs in Nigeria. Eyewitness claimed that he arrived at the Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos, around 10 am and was detained afterward.

On his Instagram page where he openly flaunts his wealth and his closeness with Nigerian musicians, he stated that he is not Twitter or Facebook. This is the same social media preference of Ray Hushpuppi.


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