IG Says He Hasn’t Received An Extradition Request For Abba Kyari From The FBI
According to Baba, the police are working with the SGF’s office and the Attorney General’s office to ensure Kyari receives proper justice.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, said he has yet to receive any formal request from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for Kyari’s extradition three months after Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari was indicted in the United States in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain and launder money.
Baba made the remarks while receiving questions from State House media at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, October 28, 2021.
Kyari was charged in July with being a co-conspirator in a $1.1 million fraud scheme with Instagram celebrity Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
According to Punch, the IG stated that the police were working with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Attorney General of the Federation to provide Kyari with adequate justice.
Baba further revealed that the investigation team has presented its findings to the SGF, Boss Mustapha.
He said, “I have not received any extradition request formally. But I have read from other places that there was an extradition request. I’ve not seen it and that is one.
“Two, when this issue of Kyari started, we took our own action by constituting a panel to look at the allegations that were made against the senior officer.
“The allegations were based on fraternising with Hushpuppi and even receiving some series of instructions on extrajudicial torture and so on. We looked into all these allegations via the committee that was set up by the DIG and we submitted our report to the SGF on the findings of our investigation.
“We just received the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General on what to do next in terms of asking the officer to account for what we have gathered in the course of our investigation. But for the extradition, I have not seen anything like that formally.”
Following the charges against Kyari, the Nigerian Police authorities removed him from his post as the Head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and replaced him with DCP Tunji Disu.
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