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Just In: FG Set To Extradite Abba Kyari To US For Trial Over Alleged Link With Hushpippi

FCT, Abuja – Suspended deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari might be heading for extradition to the U.S soon following his link with U.S prisoner, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

In a report From the office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has deposed an affidavit claiming that it has enough evidence to effect the extradition of the embattled cop to the United States.

Responding to the allegations, Kyari in a counter-affidavit says his offenses were not extraditable offenses.

The embattled cop who is currently in detention for drug-related offenses said the extradition claim was an attempt to punish him as it is politically driven.

The affidavit reads:

“I know as a fact that the specified offenses are of a political character and were, in fact, made for the purpose of prosecuting and punishing the respondent on account of his race, and nationality and was not made in good faith nor in the interest of justice.”

Kyari further told the court that he had already commenced an intense investigation of Hushpuppi before he was framed up and arrested.

•Court awaits FG response to Kyari’s objection to extradition ;

He reiterated that his arrest was “directed to undermine the crackdown on various crime gangs by the respondent in Nigeria and internationally.”

As gathered by Legit.ng, the federal high court in Abuja was intimated by the office of the AGF that in receipt of an extradition request vide a diplomatic channel for the extradition of the Respondent fugitive wanted to stand trial in the USA.

It says “that the AGF is satisfied that there is no bar to the extradition application.”

Meanwhile, Justice Inyang Ekwo has adjourned the matter till today to enable FG’s lawyer, Mr. Pius Akutah, respond to Kyari’s preliminary objection against his planned extradition.

The court said it would take both the objection and the substantive suit together.

•Abba Kyari makes serious allegation against NDLEA ;

Meanwhile, Abba Kyari has given his account of what led to his arrest by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The NDLEA had said the suspended deputy commissioner of police was involved in drug dealings and tried to bribe one of its officials.

Kyari, however, said he was framed for demanding a reward for an informant who helped in the arrest of a suspected drug dealer.

•Photos Emerge As Former Acting EFCC Boss, Magu Gets Promoted As AIG ;

FCT, Abuja – The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has elevated the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu to the rank of assistant inspector-general of police (AIG).

According to a Daily Trust report, Magu’s promotion was confirmed by the police service commission (PSC) in May.

Magu was conferred and decorated with his new rank by the inspector general of police, Usman Baba at the police headquarters in Abuja.

In the photos sighted by Legit.ng, Magu’s wife was seen beside him as he was decorated by the police chief.

It will be recalled that in an earlier report by Legit.ng, Magu’s promotion was announced by the PSC spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani. Ani said Magu was promoted alongside some senior officers at the 15th Plenary Meeting of the commission on Friday, May 13.

He added that acting DIG John Ogbonnaya Amadi was appointed a substantive Deputy Inspector General of Police, while Zama Bala Senchi was also appointed a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

•Magu’s EFCC ordeal ;

In 2020, when Magu was still at the helm of affairs in the EFCC, he was arrested, detained, and suspended as the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.

He had appeared before a panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him.

The panel led by Justice Ayo Salami subsequently later recommended Magu’s removal as EFCC boss “for failing to properly account for N431,000,000.00 security votes/information fund released to the office of the Executive Chairman of EFCC between November 2015 and May 2020”.

Magu, however, denied all the allegations against him. Up till date, the federal government is yet to make public the White Paper on the report of the Salami panel.

More later……

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