Hushpuppi: No Formal Extradition Request For Abba Kyari – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, says the United States had yet to make a formal extradition request for Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, following his indictment by a US court.

Baba disclosed this on Thursday in a chat with State House correspondents at the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Kyari was indicted in the US as a conspirator in a $1.1m fraud deal involving Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

But when asked about that, the IGP said the police are 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 form of justice to Kyari.

According to him, the panel constituted to investigate the case had submitted its report to the SGF, Boss Mustapha, for vetting and advice on the findings.

Baba revealed that the Police have received feedback from the SGF and were pondering their next step.

The IGP 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.

“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. But for the extradition, I have not seen anything like that formally.”

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