Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
Alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Ray Hushpuppi, once said his dream was to own two commercial motorcycles otherwise known as okada and a commercial bus popularly called danfo.
He said this during a live Instagram video with social media influencer, Abisoye Michael, aka Oyemyke in 2018.
The alleged fraudster, who is in the United States facing charges of money laundering, fraud, and conspiracy, said he grew up in Oworonshoki, a Lagos community of mainly low and middle-income earners.
Oworonshoki is very close to the Third Mainland Bridge that links the highbrow Island to the mainland.
Hushpuppi said the reality on the island was in sharp contrast with that of Oworonshoki and he was determined to make it in life.
He stated that he also intended marrying an ‘amala girl’ who would own a small restaurant and they would live comfortably.
Responding to a question, he said, “I was born in Oworonshoki which is like the tip of the island. It is the place from where you go to the island. Everyone in Oworonshoki was used to the island and most of the people were working on the island. I saw how people lived.
“When I started going to the island, I saw that cars we never dreamt of owning in our lives, they were using them to take children to school. I wrote a post that my dream in life before was to have two okadas and one danfo. It was the definition of success to me at one point in my life.
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“I was only dreaming of God giving me two okadas that would deliver daily payments to me every night then I would have one danfo and date the daughter of an amala seller which would be giving me steady food and she would have her own shop. It used to be our dream at one point in life.”
In the interview, Hushpuppi also opened up on his family.
He stated that he put his mum in one of the most expensive hotels in Dubai for several weeks and blessed her with the finest things of life.
He said, “My mum has been here in Dubai. She was enjoying one of the most expensive suites they have in one of the best hotels in Dubai. She was lounging every day. She was having the best medical attention in the world but I don’t have to tell anybody because this is my family.
“These are the people that were there for me before you people tried to come into my life. These are the people who made me, who sent me to school, who always receive me anytime I go to hustle and things don’t work out. These are the people I fall back on. They didn’t push me away so why should I now expose my mum to the world? I don’t have to.
“I am even closer to my dad than my mum. My mum is educated but my dad is not really educated. My mum schooled in London. I can bring my mum on the show to speak but my dad cannot really speak English but he is smart.
“The code I live by today is based on the advice of my dad. So, my dad has been my guide and backbone.”
Hushpuppi risks spending 20 years in a US federal prison if he is found guilty.