The Police Service Commission has suspended the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Abba Kyari, from the exercise of the powers and functions of his office.
Recall the inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, had recommended the suspension of Kyari, over his ties to Ramon Abbas, self-confessed international fraudster better known as Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for fraud in the US, had 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.
The directive to suspend the “super cop” was contained in a statement by the Commission’s Press and Public Relations Head, Ikechukwu Ani, on Sunday.
The statement reads in part, “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.”