Hushpuppi: US discussing with Buhari govt over Abba Kyari – Malami
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Monday, said the United States Government and its Nigerian counterpart are discussing the possibility of extraditing suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, over his links to international fraudster, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
Malami said both government’s are discussing Kyari’s extradition, because reasonable grounds for suspicion has been established against the former Head of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT.
He disclosed this while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, had linked Kyari to a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and his gangs.
The former IRT boss, however, denied involvement in the heist carried out by Hushpuppi.
Despite his denial, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, had suspended Kyari, pending an investigation by the Police Service Commission, PSC.
Upon completion of its investigation, PSC had recommended Kyari’s dismissal from the force.
However, Malami said there has been exchange of correspondence between both governments on Kyari’s issue.
According to Malami: “As far as I am concerned, the parties are discussing, the parties are collaborating, there are exchanges of correspondence from the perspective of investigation, from the perspective of extradition, and associated things.
“Reasonable grounds for suspicion have been established and that will eventually translate to the possibility of prosecution and conviction if indeed one is adjudged guilty by the law.”
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