Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Commander, IGP Intelligence Response and Monitoring Team, may not be handed over to the United States for criminal prosecution.
A court battle is expected to take place in order to extradite Kyari to the US for trial for alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud.
To challenge and possibly frustrate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s extradition request in court, the DCP has already been advised to put together a strong legal team.
Six individuals had been indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a $1.1 million international fraud conspiracy, including Ramoni Abass, alias Hushpuppi, and Kyari.
Others are AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka (Bolamide).
‘Super cop’ Kyari has been under fire since the FBI released a 69-page court document showing that the FBI investigated him for alleged links to Hushpuppi, who had pleaded guilty to fraud.
Kyari was arrested by the FBI on April 29, 2021, in the case marked 2:21-cr-00203, USA VS Abba Alhaji Kyari.
Hushpuppi admitted to US Attorney General Eric Holder, according to a statement, that he paid bribes to Nigerian judge Kyari to have a rival arrested for fraud involving a $1.1 million Qatari businessman.
Hushpuppi requested that Kyari arrest a fellow fraudster, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after the two engaged in an argument over the loot of $1.1m.
Kyari travelled to Dubai in September 2019 and was picked up by Hushpuppi’s driver, according to the court document.
On Saturday, Sunday PUNCH reported that Kyari, who had previously denied the allegations in a hastily written post on Instagram and Facebook, had been ordered to respond to the FBI indictment.
Kyari was given a few days to present his case.
Several sources told us the DCP was advised to hire a strong legal defence team in order to defend himself against the FBI.
“The battle will be long and full of legal fireworks, but there is no guarantee the police will hand over Kyari to the US for trial. Will the FBI allow any of its officers to be extradited to Nigeria for criminal prosecution?
Kyari has been told to assemble a strong legal team to fight the extradition request, and the team will begin working immediately.”
Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba had ordered a review of the allegations against the IRT commander.
The Police Service Commission had also said that it would determine Kyari’s fate and not the police leadership.
The commission noted that Kyari may face dismissal or demotion, and prosecution if found culpable in the fraud.