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Hushpuppi: Only Buhari can determine DCP Abba Kyari’s fate – Minister

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, has said only Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, can determine the fate of the suspended former Head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari.

The Minister made this known on Tuesday while featuring as a guest on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’.

He explained that after investigations had been concluded recommendations would be sent to the president for approval.

It would be recalled Kyari was indicted by the United States over his alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi and four others; Abdulrahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (Bolamide).

Newsflash Nigeria reports that a probe panel set up by the police to investigate allegations levelled against him by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had submitted its reports to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.

Findings reveal that the probe panel headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike have recommended a soft landing for the disgraced cop.

But speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’, Dingyadi said after investigations had been concluded recommendations would be sent to the president for approval, who would take the final decision.

He explained that in following due process legal advice will also be sought from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation before a decision is reached.

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Dingyadi aid, “The issue of Abba Kyari has become a public domain and I think by now everybody has heard that the police in their very wisdom, in their usual way of becoming transparent and fair to all have set up a committee to investigate all these allegations.

“We have also reported that the committee has submitted the report to the IGP. We have also submitted this report and recommendations to the Attorney-General of the Federation for a legal opinion, thereafter, we will take it to Mr.President for final consideration.

“So, you can see that even though this matter is a local matter here, it has some international connotations. We have to do some due diligence to ensure that we do the right thing. We have to do some consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice before a final decision will be taken.

“But what is important is that Nigerians should know that the police management is up and doing and they have done what they are supposed to do. I hope people will wait and see what actions will be taken on this matter.”

Newsflash Nigeria had reported that the Police Service Commission had on August 1 announced the suspension of Abba Kyari, over his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for bribery allegation.

This came a few hours after the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, recommended the “immediate suspension” of Kyari, from the Nigeria Police Force.

The police commission said Kyari’s suspension took effect on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

The IGP had said Kyari’s suspension was expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against him without interference.


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