Several months after Hushpuppi Kyari matter burst indicting Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari in a fraud, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, says no formal extradition request yet from the Federal Bureau of Investigations for Kyari.
Persecondnews recalls that Kyari was indicted by a US court as a conspirator in a $1.1 million fraud deal involving Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
According to the IGP, he has yet to ‘see or receive’ a formal extradition request from the FBI in respect of the embattled police officer.
“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 Hushpuppi Kyari started, we took our own action by constituting a panel to look at the allegations that were made against the senior officer,” Baba spoke in Abuja on Thursday while fielding questions from State House correspondents at a ministerial briefing.
It was organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa.
He said the police authorities were working in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Attorney General of the Federation to “discharge the appropriate form of justice” to Kyari.
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“The panel constituted to investigate the case has submitted its report to the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, for vetting and advice on the findings.
“The police only recently received feedback from the SGF and we are contemplating the next step.
“The Hushpuppi Kyari 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,” the IGP said.