Just a few days after the Federal Government okayed the United States’ request for suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, to be extradited over the $1.1 million wire fraud allegedly perpetrated by Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, and four others, Vanguard gathered yesterday that the Police Service Commission, PSC, and other Police authorities in Abuja may be making discreet moves to speed up the processes involved in the omission.
On Sunday, police officials formally questioned Abba Kyari and his crew, according to reports. He was given 48 hours to provide an explanation for his role in the narcotics case.
It was also reported that the Federal Government may have allowed Kyari’s extradition in order to provide him a chance to clear himself of allegations brought against him in the United States.
Following his alleged participation in drug trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, filed an eight-count complaint against Kyari before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to sources who spoke to Vanguard last night, having Kyari fired outright was done to avoid the embarrassment that would come with his NDLEA trial, which would follow his alleged involvement in a deal after the ongoing investigations.
‘Why is it necessary to remove Kyari and others?’
The actions were made essential, according to Vanguard, since the Federal Government granted the US government’s request for Kyari’s extradition after a grand jury issued an indictment against him on April 29, with the permission of the US District Court for the Central District of California. Kyari is wanted for conspiracy to conduct wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft, among other charges.
He was accused of plotting to perpetrate the crime alongside Ramon Abbas, called Hushpuppi, a Nigerian living in the United Arab Emirate, UAE.
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“If you recall, the report of the DIG Joseph Egbunike Special Inquiry previously filed by IGP Usman Alkali Baba was returned, and Force Headquarters was instructed to do another investigation on the Hushpuppi accusation,” another source told Vanguard on condition of anonymity.
“The fresh investigation report has yet to be returned to us.” Whatever the situation may be, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice may have deemed it necessary to send him to the United States to clear his name of the charges leveled against him.
“If he is exonerated, the case in Nigeria will be straightforward.”
The AGF’s extradition request against Kyari is detailed in FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022, which was filed under the Extradition Act.
The NDLEA has filed an eight-count complaint against Kyari and six others.
Kyari was accused with four other police officers: ACP Sunday Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirigba, and Inspector John Nuhu, who previously led the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT.
Two suspected drug traffickers seized at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, were named as defendants in the charge filed on February 28, 2022.
The NDLEA accused Kyari and the four other members of his IRT of conspiracy, obstruction, and trafficking in cocaine worth 17.55 kilos in a charge filed by a team of attorneys led by its Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Mr. Joseph Sunday.
It said that Kyari and his associates, who are now in detention, tampered with 21.25kg of cocaine confiscated from Umeibe and Ezenwanne, two captured drug traffickers.
The officials were accused of breaking Section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, between January 19 and 25, 2022, in the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in collusion with one ASP John Umoru (now at large).
Kyari was accused of attempting to bribe a senior NDLEA officer with $61,400 in an Abuja restaurant to avoid the testing of a portion of the cocaine recovered from the two arrested drug traffickers.
The agency, on the other hand, claimed that Umeibe and Ezenwanne conspired with one IK who is still at large to illegally import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country and knowingly possess it, violating section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and committing an offense punishable under section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Charges leveled against Kyari and others
“That you, Kyari, Ubua, James, Agirigba, and Nuhu, all-male, adult, on or about January 19 to 25, 2022, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, dealt in 17.55 kilograms of cocaine without lawful authority and thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, dealt in cocaine without lawful authority and thereby committed an
“That you, Kyari, Ubua, James, Agirigba, and Nuhu, all-male, adult, conspired amongst yourselves and with ASP Umoru (now at large) to unlawfully tamper with 21.35 kilograms of cocaine seized from Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwannne in the custody of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abuja, within the jurisdiction
“That on or about January 25, 2022, at a restaurant on Port Harcourt Crescent, Area 11, Garki Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court, you Kyari attempted to obstruct the agency and its authorized officers in the exercise of their duties by offering the sum of $61,400 to a senior officer of the agency as an inducement to prevent the testing of the 17.55 kilograms of substance used to replace the cocaine seized from Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne and
Recall that the AGF approved Kyari’s extradition to the United States of America, USA, on Wednesday to stand prosecution for his alleged collaboration with cyber fraudster Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
In an affidavit submitted in support of the extradition case, the AGF stated that he is satisfied that the crime for which Kyari’s surrender is sought is neither political nor minor.
He said that he was also convinced that the request for Kyari’s surrender was made in good faith and in the interest of justice, rather than to harass or punish him because of his race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs.
According to him, if Kyari is surrendered, he will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained, or restricted in his personal liberty because of his race, nationality, or political opinions, and surrendering him would not be unjust, oppressive, or severe a punishment, given all the circumstances in which the alleged offense was committed.
Furthermore, Malami pointed out that Kyari is not facing any criminal charges in Nigeria for the same offense for which he is wanted in the United States.
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