The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis dispelled rumours that the dual citizenship of Ramon Olorunwa Abbas alias ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ was bought ‘by invesments’.
After reports had earlier claimed that Hushpuppi gained citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis by invesments, the federation’s government has now announced that he was actually a citizen through Marriage.
A fresh statement by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis as regards the citizenship of Hushpuppi who is currently facing fraud charges in the United States, and has appeared in court for allegedly conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through cybercrime schemes, stated,
“We note that the Nigeria-born Mr. Abbas, 37, was granted a St. Kitts and Nevis passport in February 2020 by virtue of his marriage to Shawana Nakesia Chapman, 32, a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by birth and the United States of America. Ms. Chapman, a resident of North Carolina, USA, married Mr. Abbas in Nigeria in October 2018, thereby conferring him with the right to St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship.”
The statement noted that reports stating he was a Citizenship by Investment were false.
“Any suggestion that citizenship was obtained through means other than marriage– such as the country’s Citizenship by Investment program, which includes rigorous background checks – is therefore utterly false and willfully misleading.”
Hushpuppi’s legal team, Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner, has also recently come out to state that their client is not guilty of the charges levied against him.