Monday, August 02, 2021

Kyari-Husspuppi fraudgate: Police Service Commission suspends Abba Kyari - ITREALMS

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has suspended its embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Abba Kyari, following his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States, reports 
DCP Abba Kyari
The United States District Court in California, had at the weekend given FBI a warrant of arrest of some six Internet fraudsters including DC Kyari.
The fraud was said to have been orchestrated by Ramon Abbas, Instagram celebrity, better known as Hushpuppi.

FBI said that Hushpuppi, who is currently standing trial in the US, had sent some money to Kyari to help track down one of his rivals.

Mr. Kyari had denied the allegation, the FBI had asked Nigerian authorities to arrest him.

PSC in a statement on Sunday made available to ITREALMS by the spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said Kyari’s suspension took effect on Saturday.

“Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.”

“The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.

“The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave,” the statement read.

The IGP had earlier sent a letter to the commission recommending the suspension of the police officer.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba in the letter dated 31st July 2021, noted the recommendation for suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

Part of the press statement available to 
ITREALMS by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba reads:

”The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, 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.

ITREALMS gathered that the IGP, in his letter to the 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.

In addition, the IGP said that the suspension is 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).

Further, IGP pointed out that 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."

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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