The Nigerian Police Force on Sunday has confirmed that it has received detailed evidence against the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), CP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement obtained by DAILY GIST on Sunday.
According to Mba, the evidence submitted by the FBI to the police contains documents detailing Kyari’s crimes and dealings with an arrested fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Mba noted that the documents provided will assist a Special Investigation Panel set up by Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali to properly investigate the weighty allegations against Kyari.
He revealed that the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) comprised four Senior Police Officers, and it is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
The statement partly reads: “The Special Investigation Panel (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 a 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.”
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.