The Nigerian Government has approved the request for the extradition of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to the United State of America.
In 2021, WuzupNigeria reported that the suspended DCP was indicted in a $1.1m wire fraud committed by Abass Ramon commonly known as ‘Hushpuppi' against a Qatari School Founder by the United States Attorney's Office in the Central District of California.
According to The Nation, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, filed an application before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for Kyari’s extradition.
The application filed by Malami marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022 was filed under the Extradition Act.
Malami revealed that the application followed a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.
He was quoted as saying that the application is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment.
“If surrendered, will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions.”
He added that surrendering the embattled police officer to the US government won’t be unjust or oppressive, or be too severe a punishment considering the circumstances in which the offence was committed.
Kyari who had denied the allegations last year is currently in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Prior to his detention, the NDLEA declared Kyari wanted over his alleged involvement in a cocaine deal.
Head of Media and Publicity of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said that the NDLEA "believes strongly that DCP Kyari is a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline."