Usman Alkali Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), has recommended the suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), over his ties to Ramon Abbas, self-confessed international fraudster better known as Hushpuppi.
Recall Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for fraud in the US, alleged that he bribed Kyari, a high-profile police officer, to arrest one Vincent Chibuzo, a co-fraudster, according to US court documents. Kyari would later deny the claims in a Facebook post.
In a statement on Sunday, the police spokesman, Frank Mba said the suspension of Kyari, as recommended by the IGP, will be 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 statement read in part.
“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.”
The statement added that 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.