Hushpuppi: Force to review panel recommendations on Kyari
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has received the report of the Special Investigation Panel on the indictment of the erstwhile head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The report was submitted by the Chairman of the SIP, DIG Joseph Egbunike, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday.
A statement by the force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘IG receives panel report on DCP Abba Kyari’, said Egbunike appreciated the IG for the confidence reposed in him and the members of the panel.
He noted that the panel commenced investigation immediately after it was inaugurated on August 2, “and the report submitted is an outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process.”
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He revealed that 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.
The statement said, “The IGP, who commended the panel for the work done, stated that the essence of the probe was to carry out discreet investigation into the allegations levied against the officer to enable the force leadership to be appropriately guided in its decision-making processes.
“The IGP gave an assurance that a careful and expeditious review of the recommendations would be undertaken by the Force Management Team and thereafter, forwarded to appropriate quarters for necessary action(s). He reiterated as always, the commitment of the force to justice for all.”
An 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 California alleged that a suspected fraudster, Abas Ramon, aka 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 said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 into a bank account provided by Kyari.
Following the allegations, Kyari was suspended from service on July 31 by the Police Service Commission. He also appeared before the SIP over several days.
The police are expected to submit the panel report to the PSC.