The Inspector-General of Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the suspension of embattled deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari over alleged Involvement in wire fraud with Notorious fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
This is coming after The IGP had seen the court record, making him to call for an “internal review”.
Alkali Baba made the order in a statement issued to the Police Service Commission.
It 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,”
Alkali noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its internal investigations.
Kyari was implicated by Hushpuppi, who himself has pleaded guilty to fraud allegations levelled against him in Court.
The celebrated Nigerian cop, according to the DoJ statement, allegedly arranged for the arrest and jailing of an associate of Hushpuppi when the two fell out after scamming a Qatari of $1.1 million. The top cop also allegedly sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest as proof to Hushpuppi.
“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” the Department of Justice said in the statement.
Despite the damning evidence presented by the FBI, Kyari denied being complicit in any new crime. He insisted Vincent was arrested and released based on an allegation of threat to life. He also said he never collected a dime from Hushpuppi.
The police panel, headed by Joseph Egbunike, the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, is expected to review “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.”
“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 ended.
DAILY GIST reports how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his fellow fraudsters and throw him in jail following a dispute presumably over proceeds of their crime.
The FBI had said Abbas and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money
Mr Kyari was indicted of receiving bribes from Mr Abbas to arrest a fellow fraudster in Nigeria.
Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.