The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has ordered an internal probe of the allegations leveled against the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
KanyiDaily had earlier reported how Kyari was indicted by the U.S. authorities as part of the investigation of alleged multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly called Hushpuppi.
Abba Kyari was said to have allegedly collaborated with Hushpuppi to jail and torture one of his associates after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on a Qatari businessman.
IGP Reviews FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari
In a statement by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP ordered an internal review of the allegations against Kyari, noting no stone will be left unturned in unearthing the truth in the matter.
“Sequel to the receipt of allegations and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
“The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
“Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly,” the statement reads.
How Hushpuppi Bribed Abba Kyari In $1.1 Million Deal
KanyiDaily had reported how Hushpuppi confessed to bribing Kyari to have one of his rivals, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over the $1.1 million fraud that victimized a businessman in Qatar.
According to court documents, Hushpuppi allegedly conspired with five others – including Vincent – to defraud the Qatari businessman by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school.
Following the deal, Hushpuppi asked Kyari to arrest and jail Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the proceeds from the fraud.
This was after Vincent contacted the Qatari businessman and informed him that he was being scammed by a fraud syndicate involving him and Hushpuppi.
Abba Kyari was said to have sent pictures of Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to Hushpuppi to which a wire transfer was sent to him by the fraudster.
Abba Kyari Flies To Dubai To Live Lavishly With Hushpuppi
The FBI had also revealed how Abba Kyari abandoned his duties in Nigeria sometime in 2019 and flew to Dubai to “enjoy a good time” with Hushpuppi, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
According to the court documents released on Wednesday, “Mr Abbas sent a car and driver to drive Kyari around during that trip.”
Also during the trip, Kyari bragged to Abbas about some of his so-called crime-busting activities in Nigeria, to which Abbas responded by playing allegiance to the police chief.
“Am really happy to be your boy,” Hushpuppi told Kyari in an intercepted message. “I promise to be a good boy to you sir.”
Abba Kyari Denies Collecting Bribe From Hushpuppi
Reacting in a post shared on his Facebook page, Abba Kyari denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster
He however admitted that N300,000 was sent by the suspected fraudster to a third party, but he clarified that the money was only to assist Hushpuppi to get native clothes and caps.
The police chief also admitted to arresting Chibuzo Vincent, but claimed he was released on bail after investigations revealed that “they are long time friends who have money issues between them”.
US Court Orders Arrest Of Abba Kyari Over Hushpuppi’s Fraud
Meanwhile, the Us District Court for the Central District of California has ordered the FBI to track down Abba Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Hushppupi and his co-conspirators.