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Hushpuppi scandal: PSC gives police 2-week ultimatum to conclude investigation on Abba 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.

 

 

 

By Ajuma Edwina Ameh

 

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has given the Nigeria Police a two-week ultimatum for a different committee to conclude investigation on the former Commander, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari.

 

This is as the commission had earlier rejected the recommendations of the DIG Joseph Egbunike-led special investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba to review allegations against DCP Kyari by the US Government.

 

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.

 

Hushpuppi allegedly arranged for DCP Kyari to have his co-conspirator, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, arrested following a conflict over an ongoing $1 million scam they were both running on a Qatari businessman.

 

Following the development, the IGP recommended the immediate suspension Kyari from the service of the Nigeria Police pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation.

 

A press statement issued on Friday by the PSC Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed that the commission has deferred decision on the case involving the suspended DCP Kyari.

 

“Kyari had earlier been indicted by a report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and was also investigated by a special Panel set up by the IGP.

 

“The report had earlier been forwarded to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for legal advice by the IGP.

 

“The commission also directed that further necessary investigation should take half the time it took the Police to conduct the original investigation, and that the investigation should be carried out by a different panel,” it said.

 

 

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