Police Sources Speaks On Reinstating Supercop Abba Kyari

More light has been shed on the embattled former Commander of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, who was suspended on July 31 on bribery allegations.

News made rounds that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba has lifted Kyari’s suspension yesterday but sources in police that spoke with Punch confirmed that the former deputy commissioner of police is still on suspension and had not been secretly recalled.

Kyari had been under investigation for allegedly fraternising with a suspected Internet fraudster, Abbas Ramon, commonly known as Hushpuppi.

The FBI alleged that Kyari connived with Hushpuppi to defraud a Qatari businessman of $1.1 million.

The IGP said Kyari had been queried, adding that the police were working closely with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Attorney General of the Federation to discharge the appropriate sanction on Kyari.

He also explained that the panel constituted to investigate the case had submitted its report to the SGF, Boss Mustapha, for vetting and advice on the findings.

The IG said, “I have not received any extradition request formally. But I have read from other places that there was an extradition request. I’ve not seen it and that is one.

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“Two, when this issue of Kyari started, we took our own action by constituting a panel to look at the allegations that were made against the senior officer.

“The allegations were based on fraternising with Hushpuppi and even receiving some series of instructions on extrajudicial torture and so on. We looked into all these allegations via the committee that was set up by the DIG and we submitted our report to the SGF on the findings of our investigation.

“We just received the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General on what to do next in terms of asking the officer to account for what we have gathered in the course of our investigation.”

The force spokesman, Frank Mba, could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

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