June 9, 2023

June 9, 2023

IGP Submits Probe Panel Report on Abba Kyari’s Case

The Probe Panel Report on suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has been submitted to the Police Service Commission (PSC), after six months of investigation.

The report was submitted by Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba.

Abba Kyari was investigated over his alleged role in a $1.1m internet scam by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, and four others.

This followed Kyari’s indictment by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which recommended that he be extradited to the US for trial.

A member of the PSC, Braimoh Adogame Austin, on Sunday disclosed to journalists that the commission would deliberate on the issue this week.

In June 2020, Hushpuppi and his gang were arrested by the Dubai Police at the United Arab Emirates.

It was alleged by an FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, that Hushpuppi contracted Kyari after a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Vincent, allegedly threatened to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

The suspended DCP initially debunked the allegations on July 29 via his Facebook page, but later deleted it.

The PSC carried out Kyari’s suspension on July 31 as recommended by the Inspector General of Police.

On August 2, the Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, was constituted by the IGP to probe the allegations.

Egbunike on August 26 submitted the panel’s report, which he said “is an outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process.”

He revealed that the report contained the case file of the probe, evidence and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, on September 14, during a television interview, said the findings and recommendations on Kyari had been submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for “legal opinion” and thereafter for presentation to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the final decision would be taken by the PSC.

According to a member of the PSC, Austin: “The IGP has submitted Abba Kyari’s report to the PSC and deliberations on the matter will commence this week.

“I can’t tell you when it was submitted but it’s now with the commission.” He said.

 

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