Award-winning police officer, Abba Kyari may be facing a disciplinary panel very soon over his relationship with a self-confessed international fraudster, Abbas Ramon, commonly known as Hushpuppi and four others.
It could be recalled that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, dispatched the Special Investigation Panel report on Abba Kyari’s alleged roles in the $1.1m fraud perpetrated by the Instagram influencer, to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Police Service Commission.
The report which indicted Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was received by the AGF office and the PSC last week. The SIP Chairman, DIG Joseph Egbunike, submitted the committee’s findings to the IG on August 26, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, 24 days after the panel was inaugurated.
The report contained the case file of the probe, evidence, and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, Andrew Innocenti, had in a document titled, ‘Criminal Complaint By Telephone Or Other Reliable Electronic Means’ filed before the United States District Court for the Central District of Californi. He alleged that Hushpuppi contracted Kyari to detain a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, for threatening to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
The agency also said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 into a bank account provided by Kyari. The court ordered that Kyari be detained for 10 days.
This led to Kyari’s suspension from service on July 31 by the Police Service Commission. He also appeared before the SIP where he was alleged to have denied the allegations.
Our sources have now gathered that the IG has directed that the erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team should be queried after which he would be referred to the Force Disciplinary Committee which handles cases of misconduct and unprofessional acts by senior officers.
The FDC’s recommendations would be sent to the Police Service Commission, which is expected to determine Kyari’s fate. Sources also said that the in-house panel set up by the commission to study available documents related to the DCP’s indictment would soon round off its investigation, and submit its findings to the PSC management.
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