The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, sued the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin over the sale of A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria which they say would be used on their supporters.
This was revealed in a report by Bloomberg on Monday after Constitutional lawyer, Bruce Fein filed the case on behalf of IPOB and 10 unidentified persons in a federal court in Washington.
IPOB is seeking a judge to order the Secretary of State and Defense Secretary to block the transfer of six A-29 Tucano aircraft to Nigeria.
According to the report, IPOB’s lawyer said the U.S, by allowing Nigeria to receive six Super Tucano planes on July 21 violated laws that are supposed to “shield citizens of foreign sovereigns from harm caused by United States weapons in the hands of security forces guilty of gross human rights violations.”
What you should know Nairametrics reported last week that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) announced that the first batch of the twelve A-29 Super Tucanos ordered by the FG has arrived, as six Tucanos arrived in Nigeria from the United States.
The Super Tucano Aircraft, which has been described as devastatingly effective against covert insurgents was approved for sale to the Nigerian Government by the Trump-led US administration to support Nigeria’s military operations against terrorist organizations, Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, and Nigeria’s efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.
This deal came after the Obama-led US government reportedly refused to help Nigeria with military equipment to fight insurgency in the country.
Insecurity: Six A-29 Super Tucanos arrive Nigeria A-29 Super Tucano aircraft project on track to be delivered on schedule – Air Force Nigeria to receive 6 Super Tucano aircraft from US in July 2021 to fight insurgency. (Nairametrics)
The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Issa Hayatou, former CAF president, former FIFA President ad interim, FIFA Vice-President and member of the FIFA Council, as well as Honorary FIFA Vice‑President, responsible for having breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and consequently he was banned for one year.
The investigation into Mr Hayatou’s conduct in his position as CAF president concerned his involvement in the negotiation, conclusion and signature of the memorandum of understanding and contractual agreement for the commercialisation of media and marketing rights of competitions organised by CAF with the company Lagardère Sports between 2014 and 2017.
In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Hayatou had breached his duty of loyalty in his position as CAF president, by entering, in the name and on behalf of the confederation, into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardère Sport which was detrimental and caused significant damage to CAF (both financially, in the amount of EGP 200 million, as well as to its reputation).
Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Hayatou had breached article 15 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for one year. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 30,000 has been imposed on Mr Hayatou.
The Leadership of Fulani herders in Taraba has pledged to weed out criminal elements among them within five months.
The leadership of the herders made the promise after the Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, issued 30 days ultimatum for herders terrorizing the state to vacate the forest or be forced to do so.
However, the leadership of the herders comprised of Ardos and Fulani community leaders drawn from 14 out the 16 local government areas of the state visited the emir today at his palace to clarify the issue.
They told the emir that they have done series of meetings and vowed to crush the criminal elements among their groups.
The herders, led by the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Sahabi Mahmud, said they agreed not to harbour criminals even if they are their biological children.
The herders said they have also sworn to an oath to expose the sponsors of Fulani terrorists no matter their standing in society.
They pleaded with the Emir to accept their pledge and give them time to fulfil their promises.
The Miyetti Allah Chairman read out the pledge which was contained in a communique issued after a stakeholders’ meeting that lasted for several hours.
The meeting was attended by the harders and their Ardos and Jauros across the state as well as the Security Adviser to Gov. Darius Ishaku, rtd Col. Angyo Agbu.
The communique read in part: “Those who repent would be documented, while those that refused to repent and stop kidnapping and other crimes would equally be handed over to security agents to face the appropriate laws of the land.
“We have agreed not to harbour criminals even if they are our biological children and we have sworn to an oath to expose their sponsors no matter their standing in the society.”
The harders maintained that the task of carrying out the assignment was very huge but absolutely necessary in order to sanitize the Fulani herdsmen and restore their damaged image caused by the criminal activities of a few of them.
In his response, the Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, said the marching orders he gave during recent Eid-el-Kabir celebrations were targeted at criminal elements among the herdsmen.
Tafida said it became necessary for him to issue such orders in view of the increasing rate of kidnapping being committed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
He said as a leader who stood firmly on the side of the truth and honesty, he would never allow injustice among his subjects.
He lamented that the image of the Fulani as a race was endangered by the criminal activities of a few among them whom he alleged were involved in kidnapping and other criminals activities.
He said that he should not be misunderstood in his comments, adding that it was intended to sanitise the conduct of Fulani herdsmen who are his kinsmen.
“As you know the Fulani have continued to be proud of the scholarship of leaders like Shehu Usman Danfodio and Sultan Muhammadu Bello who reformed and spread Islam and ensured justice for all in Northern Nigeria but the integrity of the Fulani as moulded by these past leaders was fast fading away because of the activities of the criminal elements, ” the emir stated.
He also cited Modibbo Buba Yero, the founder of the Muri Emirate, as an exemplary leader of Fulani that fought injustice.
“Those were role models of the Fulani who never associated themselves with shame and who distanced their ethnic groups from crime and criminality,” he said.
Tafida wondered how the Fulani race was today degenerating abysmally and was fast becoming a reference point in crime and criminality.
“There is no limit to the steps a father can take to correct the bad behavior of his children,” he said.
He commended the leadership of the Fulani for taking the bold steps to weed out criminals amongst them.
He, however, directed that a list of those that repented and those that refused to repent be submitted to him when the sorting out the task was completed. (PremiumTimes)
The criminal indictment of Nigeria’s most decorated Police Officer is the best thing to happen to Nigerians and the worst thing to happen to The Nigeria Police Force!
Nothing could have saved Nigeria from The Nigeria Police without some external involvement, especially by the most powerful nation on earth. In that respect, the indictment of Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari in the United States comes as a divine intervention.
Victims of The Nigeria Police are totally powerless to seek a meaningful redress within Nigeria. This is because The Nigerian Police controls everything and every stage in the criminal justice system. They run private prisons where they detain thousands secretly for years outside the rule of law. They run their own court system where they try and condemn suspects, and even carry out executions of those they condemn, all outside the purview of the constitution. To find oneself against even a moderately powerful Nigeria police officer is to find oneself against the gods. They control everything – they control what the press report about you. They control the judiciary in many subtle ways. They intimidate lawyers. They control the witnesses. They control the evidence. You are dead and finished if anyone of them has been paid highly enough to get you out of the way.
There is no major crime pattern in Nigeria without it being engineered and directed by The Police. Kidnapping could not abate because there is a way for the police to reap from the ransoms. And as has been illustrated in the US case against the most decorated and most celebrated Nigerian police officer, the spate of international scam, internet fraud and money laundering could not have been possible without the involvement or permissive dispositions of Nigerian police officers.
ABBA KYARI, THE SUPER COP
As the then head of SARS in Lagos and until now the head of the IRT, Abba Kyari sat at the peak of the worst of the Nigerian police system. And as evidence of the incurable decadence of the Nigerian police, he is “the best” of them. He even controlled his own rise in the force. He was untouchable. He played God. By the way, IRT stands for Intelligence Response Team, an oxymoron used to cover the false truth about law enforcement in Nigeria. As head of SARS Lagos, he had the unfettered power of life and death over anyone. According to the few reports that dared come out against him, he traded on that power to a level never seen before. As the head of IRT, he elevated his game by running a monopoly of police violence. He became too powerful on the national scale.
Abba Kyari is the biggest showman Nigerian police have ever seen. He played the press and became a master in publicity. Just to give one example. Recall the case of Hamisu Bala, known also as Wadume. In that case, police officers working under Kyari had an encounter with some soldiers that led to the soldiers killing three of the police officers. Recall the official narrative pushed by Abba Kyari, which told the nation that Wadume was a kidnapping kingpin that had soldiers in his payroll, and that those soldiers killed the police to free Wadume. What Nigerians did not know is that after a joint police-military investigation, those soldiers performed their work well. It was Abba Kyari’s boys that were at fault. Also, there was never any kidnapping offense involving Wadume. The proof of that is in the fact, that in the end, the only charge the police could file against Wadume and all those arrested in his case was unlawful possession of firearm. Wadume’s case is pending now before Justice Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Anyone can confirm the charge Wadume is standing trial for. So, it meant that Abba Kyari alone could declare a person a kidnapper and Nigerians would believe it. Thank God the involvement of soldiers in that case prevented the extrajudicial execution of Wadume in police custody.
Nothing pleases man more than to witness the defeat of a false god. Do not mistake the feelings of Nigerians, as they watch Abba once go down. If Abba Kyari loses the ability to control the public narrative of his activities, the truth that will come out will shake the now numbed nation to its foundation.
THE IMPACT OF ABBA KYARI INDICTMENT ON THE NIGERIAN POLICE
Now, let us assess the impact of Abba Kyari’s indictment on The Nigeria Police. The impact will come as a part of the process of the US Justice Department. To develop the case against Hushpuppi, the US District Attorney for the Central District of California understood that the massive money laundering scheme presided over by Hushpuppi would not be possible without someone powerful in the law enforcement being involved and providing protection to Hushpuppi. The logic was clear. If every official that Hushpuppi came across had enforced the law, Hushpuppy would not be so successful in his criminal enterprise. So, to solve the crime, you have to locate the state actor who has been aiding and abetting the criminal enterprise.
When Hushpuppy was identified, the US Justice Department is interested in unmasking that state actor probably in Nigeria or Dubai. The speed with which the officials of UAE cooperated in extraditing Hushpuppy to the US without an extradition hearing in UAE was enough to show the Americans that the official aider and abetter was not in Dubai, must be in Nigeria.
How significant is the role of a state actor in an organized criminal activity of the nature at hand? Very significant indeed! It takes state actors to help the criminals in maintaining order among themselves and settling scores among themselves without anyone member of the gang breaking out to report to authority. Hushpuppi needed Abba Kyari to keep his crime partner, Vincent Chibuzor, under control and to send a message to others in the gang who might try to double-cross him in the future. So, Abba Kyari can be said to have played the role of a stabilizer, a coordinator of the gang. He stopped the gang from falling apart. Hushpuppi knew that he could use Abba Kyari to deal with any obstacle in his path. The US Disrtict Attorney knew this and was determined to expose it. In fact, according to the affidavit by the FBI agent, Abba Kyari used unlawful detention of Chibuzor to facilitate the defrauding of the victim. That makes Abba Kyari an active participant in the fraud. Also, the position of the US Justice Department, further buttressed by the plea agreement by Hushpuppi, is that part of the proceeds of that fraud was paid to Abba Kyari. These are significant claims that have gone partially beyond mere allegation.
When this story broke out in the press, Abba Kyari made the worst mistake of his life by trying to deflect the story with his personal rebuttal on his Facebook profile. In that purported rebuttal, he committed something akin to a suicide. He admitted that he knew that Hushpuppi filed a false police report against Vincent Chibuzor over a very serious allegation. He admitted that despite being aware of that, he went ahead to befriend Hushpuppi and associate with him at personal level. That was suicidal. It was shocking that a supposedly intelligent police officer would be so naïve and so desperate to offer such as his explanation and defense. Indeed, Abba Kyari ought to have known that what happened was actually a confession. He clearly underestimated the FBI and the Justice Department.
HOW ONE SHOULD EXPECT THE CASE TO PROCEED HENCEFORTH
Looking at the investigative track of this case, the following must have happened:
(1) During the interrogation of Hushpuppi, there would have been several officers representing the Office of the District Attorney, the FBI, the Treasury Department, etc. They would have gathered with huge amount of information at their disposal and interrogated Hushpuppi against such information. They would normally start from the belief that Hushpuppi was a suspect and fraudster who would lie and who would try to blame others for his actions in order to shift criminal responsibility to others. So, they would not believe anything he said unless it clears the doubts they already had.
(2) They had obtained by subpoena every WhatsApp and Instagram message and post made by Hushpuppi. They would have obtained every information UAE has on Hushpuppi and his travels, immigration and residential records, banking records, ATM and credit card records. They would have seen all WhatsApp communications between Hushpuppi and Abba Kyari even before they started interrogating Hushpuppy. In fact, it is highly likely that it was out of those records that the US agents would have been the first to ask questions about Abba Kyari.
It is reasonable to assume that even before the arrest of Hushpuppi, the FBI had the following:
(a) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Hushpuppi.
(b) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Abba Kyari.
(c)) Every relevant communication sent or received through WhatsApp, Instagram, etc by Vincent Chibuzor, the victims, girlfriend of Chibuzor, and down the line.
So, it is very easy to confirm the exact communication that occurred between Abba Kyari and the relevant personalities.
(3) Very likely, it was not Hushpuppi that offered to implicate Abba Kyari. Vicent Chibuzor is already identified as a codefendant, next to Hushpuppi. The US agents saw communications between Hushpuppi and someone in Nigeria called Abba Kyari, concerning the arrest and detention of Chibuzor. It is natural that the US agents would want to know the role of the Abba Kyari in the dealings between the gangleader and a gang member. Interrogation of Hushpuppi was merely to confirm what the US agents already knew about Abba Kyari.
(4) The US agents would have conducted focused investigation on Abba Kyari’s WhatsApp accounts and other social media accounts and they would have discovered other activities or similar activities between Abba Kyari and others. This is where the bomb is waiting for Abba Kyari and his contacts within The Nigerian Police. Every similar event whereby a powerful person engaged the services of Abba Kyari to silence or suppress a person or where Abba Kyari reported to those who engaged him that he has carried out the instructions and any evidence of payment and acknowledgement of payment would have been seen by the FBI. So, the interrogation of Abba Kyari by the FB and Justice Department lawyers will be explosive.
EXTRADITION OF ABBA KYARI
It is expected that Abba Kyari will resist extradition. He will do it in three different ways. We are already seeing the first part of it – the mobilization of the same type of crowd used to frustrate the EndSARS protest. That crowd is already protesting at the US Embassy in Abuja against the extradition of Abba Kyari. But this is not going to help Abba Kyari. Rather, it will worsen his position. What makes him a special defendant to the Justice Department is because of his high position and level of influence. The use of this crowd confirms that belief and will lead to the hardening up of the US position. If you want to understand how such protest influences the American government, study the situation in Iraq.
Also, you are seeing the noises from Arewa Consultative Forum, opposing the extradition of Kyari. The second stage is that Abba Kyari will definitely have secrets on several powerful people in Nigeria. Police atrocities and human rights abuses are often carried out on the requests of civilians and politicians. So, Abba Kyari must have maintained a list of very powerful people he did favours to. He may well go to them and say: “If I go down, I may go down with you”. And those may try to help resist his extradition.
And finally, Abba Kyari will deploy every financial resource at his disposal, which must be quite a lot to hire the best lawyers in Nigeria to fight his extradition in courts all the way to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. So, we are looking at such fight lasting till the next 3 years.
But in the end, Abba Kyari will be extradited or the Americans may take him out of Nigeria by force. The Americans believe that the menace caused by Nigerian-connected internet fraud and scams all over the world could be tackled if only they could identify the state actors that aid the fraudsters. America has suffered numerous internet fraud cases that are linked to people connected to Nigeria. It is a major concern for the Justice Department. And the Justice Department seems to have decided that the only way to deal with this problem is to go for the state actors that aid and abet in these crimes. In this context, Abba Kyari is an ideal defendant with which to show the long arm of the American justice. The Americans I know will not back down on this.
Therefore, getting Abba Kyari will be to the Americans equivalent of getting 1000 Nigerian fraudsters at once. So, this case must be so important to the US Justice Department that nothing we have seen so far will dissuade the Americans from pressing forward with the extradition of Abba Kyari. It is reasonable to predict that Abba Kyari will be facing the American justice very soon.
INTERROGATION OF ABBA KYARI IN AMERICA
When Abba Kyari appears before the US District Court in California, he will have two stark options early in the process. He will either enter into a plea deal or he will deny the allegations and go for trial. His American lawyers will advise him that there is 100% chance that he will be convicted and sentenced to over 45 years in prison. His conviction on trial is a sure banker because both Hushpuppi and Vincent Chibuzor will be pleading guilty and entering into plea agreements that will require them to testify for the state against Abba Kyari. So, Vincent will be there to explain to the government how he was arrested by Abba Kyari and why and how much both sides paid in bribe. (Shocker: Vincent Chibuzor may reveal to the US some shocking details of what he observed in Abba Kyari’s cells in Abattoir (a place where IRT detains suspects).
On the other hand, if Abba Kyari enters into a plea deal, he may get 20 years in prison.
There are banana peels everywhere for Defendant Abba Kyari. First, he is the big fish in this criminal investigation. He is the state actor that made everything possible. That is how the US sees him. Smaller flies are offered favourable plea deal in order to enable them surrender some big fish. And Hushpuppi and Chibuzor shall have surrendered Abba Kyari. There is no other big fish that Abba Kyari can use as his bait for favourable plea deal. The US has nothing to benefit from offering Kyari any plea deal. What serves their interest right now is to lock him up and throw away the key as a way to send a message to other Nigerian police officers. And this is what they may do.
However, who knows: Abba Kyari may try to make things easy for himself by offering some other top Nigeria Police officers and politicians to the US, either in this case or other cases where the Americans have interest. So, Abba Kyari may bring down the house on the heads of many. A man like him knows a lot and may decide not to go down alone.
So, other Nigerian police officers and politicians have a lot to fear. But nothing they can do will be enough to stop America from going forward, given how far they have gotten.
POSTSCRIPT The case of money laundry against Abba Kyari may be a relatively small case when compared to information that will emerge about Abba Kyari the moment Nigerians feel safe enough to say the truth they know about the Super Cop. So, Nigerians must prepare for the tsunami about to occur once Abba Kyari has been discovered to be out of the way. Once he is seen to have lost control of his network of coercion and terror, Nigerians will be shocked by what they will learn about Abba Kyari’s activities.
By Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has alleged that money laundering suspect, Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, paid N8m or $20,600 to the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to arrest and detain a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Kelly Vincent.
A document issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California and dated February 12, 2021, alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after Chibuzo allegedly threatened to expose an alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
“Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than Kyari himself,” Page 59, item 145 of the document stated.
FBI Special Agent, Andrew John Innocenti, made the allegation in the ‘Criminal Complaint By Telephone Or Other Reliable Electronic Means’ filed before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Detailing the events leading to the alleged payment, the document stated, “On January 16, 2020, Abbas sent a message to Kyari on WhatsApp, and then placed five calls to another phone number (+2348060733588) that was listed as ‘Abba Kyari.’ Call records show that the last three of the calls were answered and that one of the calls lasted more than two minutes.
“Shortly after that, Abbas received a message from Kyari, confirming ‘We would pick him today or tomorrow.’ Abbas wrote, ‘I will take care of the team also after they pick him up.’ Kyari confirmed ‘Yes ooo.’”
The document averred that, based on the conversation described in paragraphs 143 to 145, Abbas planned to pay the Nigeria Police Force officers who arrested Chibuzo for that service.
It alleged that “This was not the only time that Abbas arranged payments with Kyari”, adding, “On May 20, 2020, Abbas sent Kyari transaction receipts for two transactions from accounts at Nigerian banks (GTBank and Zenith Bank) of a person Abbas knew in the U.A.E.— a person also arrested with Abbas in Abbas’ apartment in the U.A.E. by Dubai Police on June 9, 2020 — to the Nigerian bank accounts of another person in Nigeria.
“The amounts on the transaction receipts totalled 8 million Nigerian Naira, which was approximately $20,600 based on publicly available exchange rate information.”
The FBI document noted that, “Attempting to reason with Abbas, on January 18, 2020, Chibuzo recounted for Abbas all the assistance he had provided in the scheme to victimize the victim Businessperson, including creating the “power of attorney” document, devising a story to tell the victim Businessperson, and facilitating the creation of the “telephone banking” number and fake Wells Fargo website.
“On January 20, 2020, Kyari sent to Abbas a biographical, identifying information for Chibuzo, along with a photograph of him. In a conversation immediately following, Abbas confirmed, ‘that is him sir.’
“Kyari stated, ‘We have arrested the guy. He is in my cell now. This is his picture after we arrested him today.”
According to the document, Kyari then sent the biographical information about, and photograph of Chibuzo to Abbas, using two different WhatsApp numbers — the second of which Kyari said was his “private number.”
“From that point on, Kyari and Abbas primarily discussed the arrest and detention of Chibuzo through WhatsApp on this ‘private number,’” the document stated further.
“After receiving the photograph of Chibuzo, Abbas stated, ‘I want him to go through serious beating of his life.’ Kyari responded, ‘Hahahaha,’ and Abbas replied, ‘Seriously sir.’
“Kyari then asked for details about what Chibuzo did on audio, which Kyari said was ‘So that we will know what to do.’
“In response to Kyari’s question about what Chibuzo had done to Abbas, Abbas sent Kyari an audio message, which is transcribed here, describing how Chibuzo had tried to steal away a fraud victim (i.e., “the job”) from him:
What he did is, I have one job. The job want to pay me 500, umm, 75,000 dollars [i.e., $575,000]. He went to message the job behind me because I told him to help me make one document for me to give the job. Then he went—he has a—I gave him the details.
Then he went to message the job behind my back and try to divert the money and in this process, he tell the job because of the documents he gave me that I gave the job, he tell the job, ‘These document they sent to you before. These people are fake. This money—is me who can help you to get it. Come to me le—bring this money you want to pay these people to me. I’m the only one who can help you,’ and all these things to divert the job for himself.
“After listening to the message, Kyari wrote, “Ok I understand. But he has not succeeded.” Abbas claimed Chibuzo had taken some money, and provided Kyari with two screenshots, one of which contained the phone number 3054405586 (the phone number Chibuzo used to contact the Victim Businessperson).
“Abbas then told Kyari, ‘Now the [Victim Businessperson] was skeptic to pay me the money cos he keep attacking the [Victim Businessperson] from his end. Now I can handle the [Victim Businessperson] correctly.”
The document further alleged that “Abbas further told Kyari that he wanted to pay money to send Chibuzo to jail for a long time, stating, ‘Please sir, I want to spend money to send this boy to jail, let him go for a very long time.’
“Kyari responded, “Ok bro, I understand; I will discuss with my team who arrested him . . . And handling the case We will do something about it.’
“Abbas responded, ‘Let me know how I can send money to the team sir. Let them deal with him like armed robber.’ Kyari responded, ‘OK I will send their account details to u.’”
“Abbas further wrote, ‘He betray me and try to take food out my mouth, this is great punishable sin,’ and Kyari responded, ‘Yeah bro.’
“Abbas then continued, ‘I want him to suffer for many years.’ Kyari responded, ‘Hahahaha! Hahahaha.’”
The document alleged that, “Approximately six minutes later, Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than Kyari himself.
“Abbas responded, ‘Ok sir, tomorrow by noon,’ indicating that he would make the payment to Kyari’s team by the next day.
“Approximately a month later, on February 19, 2020, Kyari sent a message to Abbas, saying, ‘Hello hush with [sic] need to talk about the subject under detention with me.’
“Abbas asked, ‘Should I call u on this number sir?’ to which Kyari replied ‘Yes call me.’
“The following day, Kyari sent Abbas multiple photographs of Chibuzo to Abbas, including close-up photographs showing a rash or skin disease on Chibuzo’s torso and arms.
“Abbas responded, ‘I don pity am, make them leave am from Tuesday.’ Kyari wrote, ‘Ok bro, they just brought him from hospital. The fever and the rashes is giving him serious wahala. He got the disease from other suspects in the cell.’
“Abbas responded, ‘I see am, I no too pity am. That’s what people like him deserve, but I go forgive am for God sake.’
“Abbas then said, ‘No problem sir from Tuesday he can go,” apparently giving Kyari his blessing to release Chibuzo from custody.
“Kyari responded, ‘Ok bro. We will also keep his phone and other gadgets for some weeks.’ Abbas responded, “Yes those ones they should not give him again, those ones are gone . . . Make he no see those ones again for life.’
“Kyari responded, ‘Yes he will not see it again,” indicating that he would accede to Abbas’ request.”
Kyari has been suspended by the Police Service Commission as Head of the Intelligence Response Team based on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba. A panel has also been established to probe the matter. (Punch)
ANAMBRA State Government and the state Police Command have assured citizens of protection from the sit-at-home threat of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.
This was as a group known as Igbo for a Progressive Nigeria condemned the every-Monday-sit-at-home order by the IPOB to prevail on the Federal Government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB had declared what it called ‘Ghost Monday’ in the South-East, starting from August 9.
The National Leader of the group, Lawrence Onuzulike, in a statement in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday said the proscribed secessionist group’s declaration was anti-Igbo, stating that it would adversely affect economic growth of Nigeria and the South-East in particular.
He said, “IPOB must not continue to oppress Ndigbo and add to their sufferings. Why must they force their fights and struggles on the entire Igbo nation?
“If governors of the South-East cannot protect the lives and properties of their subjects, then something is wrong. We call on the Federal Government to protect the lives of Igbo people if Igbo leaders are playing hide and seek.”
The group enjoined IPOB to engage in exercises that would protect the Igbo and not to always oppress and threaten their people.
However, the Anambra State Government and the Police Command said measures had been put in place to ensure that the people of the state would not be intimidated by any person or group.
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, said, “We won’t disclose our plans in the media, but I want to assure you that we have big plans to ensure that our people are free from any form of intimidation.”
Similarly, the state Police Command said there was no need for alarm over the threat.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said the Command was committed to the protection of the people of the state. (Punch)
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Tunji Disu as the new head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
The posting of Disu, the IGP said, is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.
DCP Abba Kyari, who occupied the post, was suspended at the weekend following his alleged involvement in the sharing of $1.1m loot by internet fraudstar Hushpuppi, according to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A statement on Monday by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has today, 2nd August, 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
“The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit.
“He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.
“Prior to his appointment as the new Head of the IRT, DCP Tunji Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“He had also previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit. He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.
“DCP Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University (LASU) and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State.
“He has also attended several professional courses both at home and abroad: Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana, Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK, Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others.
“He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, amongst other professional bodies”.
A resident of Borno state has said that Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari who is being investigated for the extent of his connection with suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, sells cars he seizes from kidnappers and armed robbers in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The resident in a private message to a Nigerian academic and media scholar, Farooq Kperogi which was reported by SaharaReporters also claimed Kyari has enriched himself through proceeds of corruption.
According to the anonymous resident, Kyari is not a millionaire but a billionaire, who has more than 20 properties in a posh area in his state, Borno.
Kperogi said: “Na wa o. This is what someone from Maiduguri sent to my inbox in response to my column. It is unedited and unverified but interesting nonetheless: ‘Everyone in Maiduguri knew that Kyari is extremely rich, he gives out cars, monies and sells those he seized from the kidnappers and armed robbers at some selected car stands in Maiduguri and Abuja, as at now he’s building a big plaza along Gombole Road near Giwa Barracks and bought the neighbouring plaza.
“There’s sign post he stood and snapped a picture where street was name after him, that’s New GRA or Bama GRA he has more 20 properties there!
“You can independently find out from those who knows him, he has properties to his named in lagos, abuja etc, I call him super rich, he surpasses IGP Kamseleem.
“What those kidnappers were saying is very true, I developed interest on what he’s doing when I read Evans interview where he said what Abba and his team took from his house was far beyond what they declared….he’s not a millionaire but billionaire.
‘He moves in convoys when in Maiduguri and brazenly go round his properties.’”
SaharaReporters had reported how Kperogi also quoted a resident of Borno saying Kyari was building a mansion on Jemina Road of Damboa, with its gate made of glass and steel.
The resident alleged that the police chief offered N70 million to a neighbour who has a house behind his mansion “so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion.”
“Good evening Prof. Just reading your post on the Abba Kyari saga. It didn’t come to me as a surprise. Kyari is so super rich for the job he does. He is building a mansion on Jemina road of Damboa, that house is something else. It is the first gigantic double-gated house I’m seeing in Maiduguri, the gate is made of glass and steel.
“He wanted paying (sic) of a neighbour who has a house behind him 70 million naira so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion. And with a couple of people who have told stories implicating him, and them being shut up, it doesn’t come as a surprise at all,” Kperogi quoted the Borno resident as saying.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the immediate suspension of Kyari, who is also the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the investigation of fraud allegations against him.
The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering.
Hushpuppi has since pleaded guilty to the charges and, if convicted, risks a 20-year-jail term, three-year supervision upon completion of jail term and monetary restitution to the tune of $500,000 or more.
US court documents also outlined a dispute Hushpuppi had with a member of his gang, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.
According to the affidavit, “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.” (Journalist101)
Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has asked Federal Government to immediately proscribe Afenifere and other cultural tribal organisations undermining peace, security and peaceful coexistence of the country as terrorists.
CNG, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said any individuals as Adebanjo and others associated with such groups or organisations that incite others to violations or openly support acts of terror and terrorist movements should be arrested and decisively dealt with by the authorities.
He said: “We emphatically repudiate the provocative action of remnants of those who harbour pent-up grudges against the rest of Nigeria for the failure of Awolowo’s tribalistic ambition to secure the nation’s leadership, and deem this affront…”
The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has revealed more information about Abba Kyari’s, Deputy Commissioner of Police link to international fraudster Hushpuppi.
Earlier, we reported that Otis Wright of the US District Court for the Central District of California had told the FBI to track down Kyari and produce him before the court for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud done by Hushpuppi.
As widely reported in Nigeria and beyond, Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai over a year ago and urged guilty to fraud in the U.S. earlier this week. The FBI said Hushpuppi and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to clean money.
The deputy commissioner of police was also indicted of receiving bribes from Hushpuppi to arrest a member of the syndicate in Nigeria.
Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.
However, Kyari had in a statement on Thursday denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster.