The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has recommended the immediate suspension of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari from the Nigeria Police Force pending an ongoing internal investigation involving him in the $1.1m international fraud conspiracy with a notorious fraudster, Ramoni Abass, aka Hushpuppi.
Although Kyari denies the allegations against him, In a letter to the Police Service Commission, the IGP noted the recommendation for suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
A statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba reads;
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on him. The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.
Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.”
Also, the Police Service Commission has suspended Kyari from office pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner in charge of Media on the board of the Police Service Commission, Austin Braimoh, in an interview with Punch, said the PSC would not be bound by the IG’s review of the allegations against Kyari, noting that the commission would carry out a further probe on whatever findings the police authorities made on Kyari. He added that the commission’s findings would determine Kyari’s future in the police force. the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
Nonetheless, a recent article released by Channels TV detailed the deal that Hushpuppi was involved in that indicted super cop, Abba Kyari.
Meanwhile, Kyari has been advised to hire a team of vibrant lawyers to fight against his extradition to the United States for criminal prosecution.