The Federal Government has confirmed that they are working closely with the US Government on the possibility of extraditing suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, over his links to international fraudster, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami made this known on Monday during an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Recall that Hushpuppi, an Instagram influencer, was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in June 2020, and was extradited to the U.S. where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based.
Having spent about one year in custody maintaining his innocence, he later pleaded guilty to multi-million-dollar fraud charges filed against him by the American government.
In the process, an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, leading to a warrant of arrest issued against him by a U.S. magistrate judge, Otis Wright.
However, Malami said there has been exchange of correspondence between both governments on Kyari’s issue.
According to Malami: “As far as I am concerned, the parties are discussing, the parties are collaborating, there are exchanges of correspondence from the perspective of investigation, from the perspective of extradition, and associated things.
“Reasonable grounds for suspicion have been established and that will eventually translate to the possibility of prosecution and conviction if indeed one is adjudged guilty by the law.”