Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has asked former Intelligence Response Team (IRT) commander Abba Kyari about infractions spotted in his communication with Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, a suspected internet fraudster.
In addition, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is looking into the request for extraditing the renowned supercop to the United States of America.
The query was issued based on findings by the Special Investigation Panel (SIP), which investigated Kyari’s alleged indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A US court indicted Kyari for conspiring with Hushpuppi to defraud a Qatari businessman of $1.1 million.
Based on the recommendation of the IGP, the Police Service Commission (PSC) suspended him from office as deputy commissioner of police and head of IRT.
The DIG Joseph Egbunike-led panel, which submitted its report in August, found that Kyari and Hushpuppi had communicated.
The IGP has questioned Abba Kyari based on the findings of the panel. On Sunday, a top security source told Daily Trust that a panel discovered that Kyari and Hushpuppi had communicated and that the cop committed infractions against the engagement procedures.
However, he said the panel did not recommend Kyari’s extradition since no crime had been committed by him in the US.
“There is no evidence that he committed any crime on American soil to warrant his extradition. The appropriate authorities here will sanction him. “It is up to the AGF to advise whether there is a basis to extradite him to the US, which is very unlikely,” he said.
According to Frank Mba, force spokesman, the IGP has forwarded the recommendations of the panel to the PSC for appropriate action in line with the Police procedure.
In response to the committee’s report, the IGP forwarded its findings to the appropriate authorities, which are responsible for overseeing the police, specifically the PSC, which is currently reviewing it, he said.
Dr Umar Gwandu, a media aide to AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said his boss would answer the question as soon as possible.
According to him, the AGF will do the necessary in line with the provisions of the constitution and the extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In any case, a senior police officer said only the PSC could sanction Kyari. He said the sanction could be suspension, reduction in rank or dismissal.
Kabir Adamu, a security expert, said police officers could be tried in court for criminal offences.