There Is No Money Laundering Link Between Abba Kyari And Hushpuppi – AGF Malami
The Attorney General’s office offered new legal advice absolving DCP Abba Kyari from money laundering allegations in the $1.1 million online fraud involving Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abass and Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abass.
Following further investigations, the AGF’s office has stated that there are no ties with Kyari, despite the fact that the DIG Joseph Egbunike-led Special Investigation Panel found a prima facie case of money laundering involving 33 payments against Kyari in its initial legal opinion.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Abubakar, wrote a new legal opinion on behalf of the AGF with the reference number DPPA/LA/814/21, stressing that the circumstantial evidence diary seemed to have no linkage with DCP Abba Kyari and Hushpuppi.
“It said the evidence contained in the case diary was not sufficient to indicate or show that the said monies (N279million) were laundered directly or indirectly by Kyari to disguise their origin” adding that “the police report on the investigation failed to probe the gaps identified in their investigation by the AGF office”.
The advise titled “Re: Forwarding of the investigation report of the Nigeria Police Force Special Investigation Team and request for legal advice with regards to allegations of criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting Internet fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering against DCP Abba Kyari” was addressed to IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
It reads: “I am directed to inform you that after a careful study of the said response wherein you stated that ‘the monies have been traced to account no. 2255416115 belonging to Usman Ibrahim Waziri; account no. 0130665392 belonging to Adekoya Sikiru; account no. 2080537566 belonging to Hussein Ala and other funds went to Sharon Festus’. The monies were withdrawn and utilised by the aforementioned account holders and the lady.
“It is our view that the above response has not linked the suspect, DCP Abba Kyari, to the offence of money laundering as the evidence contained in the case diary is not sufficient to indicate or show that the said monies were laundered directly or indirectly by Kyari to disguise their origin, more so that the aforementioned recipients or receivers exonerated him in their statements as having nothing to do with the monies.”
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