President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) will make the ultimate judgment on the indictment of suspended former Intelligence Response Team Head Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs, said this on Tuesday when appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ program.
He stated that after the conclusion of investigations, suggestions will be sent to the president for approval.
The indictment by the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation charged Abass Ramon, alias Hushpuppi, and Kyari in a $1.1 million international fraud scheme.
AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka (Bolatito) are the other suspects (Bolamide).
Kyari, dubbed the super policeman,’ has been under fire after the FBI released a 69-page court filing alleging that he was under investigation by the Bureau for his suspected connection to Hushpuppi, who pled guilty to fraud.
The FBI requested a ten-day detention order for Kyari in the case 2:21-cr-00203, USA VS Abba Alhaji Kyari, dated April 29, 2021.
Buhari will give final approval, according to the minister.
The minister stated that the Nigerian police will conduct an investigation into Kyari’s case under Nigerian law.
According to him, before making a decision, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation would seek legal guidance.
This, he said, is critical since it involves two nations, adding that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also be completed.
“The problem of Abba Kyari has become public, and I believe by now everyone is aware that the police, in their infinite wisdom and in their customary manner of being open and fair to everyone, has established a committee to examine all of these accusations.
We have submitted this report and suggestions to the Attorney-General of the Federation for legal advice; we will then present them to Mr. President for final consideration.
“As you can see, even though this is a local issue, it has worldwide ramifications. We must use due care to ensure that we are acting appropriately. We need to speak with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice before making a final decision.
“However, what is critical is that Nigerians understand that the police management is functioning and has carried out its responsibilities. I hope people would adopt a wait-and-see attitude toward this matter.”