By Newsie Events Media:
After much deliberations, the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Usman Baba, is recommending immediate suspension of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his connection with the popular internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas.
NEWSIE EVENTS had reported that Mr Kyari was indicted by U.S. authorities as part of the investigation of the fraudster, Mr Abbas, popularly called Hushpuppi, who has pleaded guilty to multi-million dollar fraud charges by the U.S government.
The report also includes how the highly decorated Nigerian officer was named among the beneficiaries of proceeds from Mr Abbas’ illegal dealings, a reason a U.S. court ordered his arrest and prosecution.
While announcing the position of the IGP on Sunday, the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, in statement with Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.4/26, said that the suspension of Mr Kyari is in line with the interdisciplinary processes of the force.
IGP’s recommendation is coming two days after he ordered for an internal review of the allegations against Mr Kyari.
“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 spokesperson said.
Full statement on the IGP’s recommendations reads;
FBI INDICTMENT: IGP RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION OF DCP ABBA KYARI
-4-MAN SPECIAL INVESTIGATION PANEL BEGINS PROBE
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.
CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
1st August, 2021
However. Mr Kyari, according to statements posted on his verified Facebook page, and reported by NEWSIE EVENTS, denied any wrongdoing. He admitted knowing Hushpuppi but said he never demanded money from him. He also said he only referred Hushpuppi to a tailor whom the fraudster paid N300,000.
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