Hushpuppi: I’m yet to receive any formal request for Abba Kyari’s extradition – IGP

Police Boss Usman Baba says he is yet to receive a formal request demanding for the extradition of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari.

In July, TODAY POLITICS recalled how Mr Kyari was indicted in a trial going on at the United States where his alleged partner, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to charges of $1.1m fraudulent deal against him.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had narrated how Mr Kyari aided in arresting and detaining a co-conspirator of the fraudster based in Nigeria. He was also said to have received various sums of money from Hushpuppi who is yet to be convicted.

The accused pushed back the accusations, saying in one of his rebuttals that he acted as a debt collector for Mr Abbas’ friend.

The police while reacting to the development suspended the embattled DCP and set up various panels to probe him. The panels have concluded investigation and has submitted their findings.

Briefing State House Correspondents on Thursday at the presidential Villa Abuja, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) said he was yet to receive a formal request for Abba Kyari’s extradition as requested, according to U.S court documents which circulated online.

“I have not received any extradition request formally,” Mr Baba confirmed. “But I have read from other places that there was an extradition request. I’ve not seen it and that is one.

“Two, when this issue of Kyari started, we took our own action by constituting a panel to look at the allegations that were made against the senior officer.

“The allegations were based on fraternising with Hushpuppi and even receiving some series of instructions on extrajudicial torture and so on. We looked into all these allegations via the committee that was set up by the DIG and we submitted our report to the SGF on the findings of our investigation.

“We just received the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General on what to do next in terms of asking the officer to account for what we have gathered in the course of our investigation. But for the extradition, I have not seen anything like that formally,” he added.