Barring any hitch, detained Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari may be on his way to the U.S. to face trial as the Federal government has approved the U S. request for his extradition.
The U.S. had demanded Kyari’s extradition over his alleged involvement in the $1.1million wire fraud perpetrated by Abass Ramon a.k.a Hushpuppi and four others.
The government had granted permission via the extradition application filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami (SAN) before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He said the application followed a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.
The request is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment”
The minister said he was satisfied that the offense in respect of Kyari’s surrender is not political nor is it trivial.
He contended that the request for the surrender of Kyari was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions but in good faith and the interest of justice.
If surrendered, will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions.
“Having regard to all the circumstances in which the offense was committed, it will not be unjust or oppressive, or be too severe a punishment, to surrender him.”
Malami said he was also satisfied that Kyari has been accused of the offense for which his surrender is sought.
There was no criminal proceeding pending against Kyari in Nigeria for the same offense, he said.