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Hushpuppi: Police get two weeks to conclude Abba Kyari’s investigation


The Police Service Commission has directed the Force headquarters to constitute another panel of inquiry to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s allegations against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, made this known at the commission’s 14th Plenary Meeting in Abuja this week.

WuzupNigeria reported that Kyari was suspended on July 31 by the Police Service Commission based on the recommendation of the IGP after he was indicted by the United States authorities over his alleged involvement with a notorious fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a document by the United States District Court for the Central District of California and dated February 12, 2021, alleged that Kyari received N8m or $20,600 from Hushpuppi who was arrested for defrauding a Qatari businessperson of $1.1 million.

Recall that Kyari was subsequently stripped of his role as head of the Police Intelligence Response Team by the Police Service Commission.

However, months after the commencement of the police’s investigation on Kyari’s indictment, Smith revealed that the PSC has deferred its final decision after a piece of legal advice from the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

DailyTrust quoted Smith as saying that Malami’s advice bothers on the fact that “there’s a prima facie case but the evidence adduced by the former investigation panel cannot be used to convict Kyari in any court”.

Smith further revealed that a different panel will carry out an investigation within the two-week period issued by the commission.

Subsequently, a statement in this regard was signed by Ikechukwu Ani, Head of Press and Public Relations, according to Vanguard.

It read, “The Police Service Commission has deferred decision on the case involving suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba A. Kyari, who until his suspension by the Commission was the Officer in charge of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

“Kyari had earlier been indicted by a Report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and was also investigated by a special panel set up by the Inspector General of Police.

“The Report had earlier been forwarded to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for legal advice by the Inspector General of Police.

“The Commission also directed that further necessary investigation should take half the time it took the Police to conduct the original investigation and that the investigation should be carried out by a different panel.

“The Commission took the decision at the continuation of its14th Plenary Meeting which ended in Abuja on Thursday, February 11th 2022 and which was chaired by Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Commission.

“The Commission at the Plenary Meeting also considered 20 Pending Disciplinary Matters and five appeals and petitions from the Inspector General of Police and aggrieved serving and ex-Police Officers. It also considered five promotion appeals.

“The Commission reaffirmed its earlier decision to exonerate SP Shaaba Adamu Gboyako a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former Inspector General of Police taken at its I9th Plenary Meeting of 28th and 29th September 2020.

“The Commission was mindful of the need to safeguard its corporate image and defend its institutional integrity. It directed the Inspector General of Police to implement its decision as it affects the Officer without delay…”