The federal government has approved the process for the extradition of Abba Kyari, suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP), to the United States.
The super cop was indicted in July 2021 when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed how he allegedly collaborated with Abass Ramon, also known as Hushpuppipi, a self-confessed international fraudster, to jail one of the latter’s associates, “after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari business people”.
The suspended police officer had, however, denied the allegation, claiming that his “hands are clean”.
In August 2021, Usman Baba, inspector-general of police, received the report of a panel set up to probe the bribery allegation against Kyari.
Subsequently, Muhammad Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs, said the panel report on Kyari had been submitted to Malami.
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said last month in an interview on Channels Television that the federal government is working with the US on the “possible extradition” of the disgraced deputy commissioner of police, adding that that the panel has established “reasonable ground for suspicion” which could lead Kyari’s extradition.
He said, “There are a lot of issues that are ongoing, inclusive of the possibility of consideration for extradition and associated things. That is where the collaboration element of it comes into play in respect of all the two cases.”
Similarly, Kyari was clobbered on February 14 when Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) revealed that he is a member of an international drug cartel and subsequently declared him wanted. He has since been arrested alongside four others.