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Hushpuppi Saga: Malami, Others Pressuring Police To Clear Embattled Officer, Abba Kyari |The Republican News

Credit: SaharaReporters

“Not only some influential Nigerians, even Malami (AGF) also wants to clear Abba Kyari,” another top source said.

The Nigerian police authorities have come under immense pressure from top government officials, monarchs and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains to clear suspended commander of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari after an investigation into alleged infractions committed by the disgraced police officer.

On August 26, Usman Baba, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) received the report of the panel set up to probe the bribery allegations against Kyari, over his relationship with Hushpuppi, the self-confessed international fraudster.

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, Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, contracted Kyari to detain a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, for threatening to expose the alleged $1.1 million fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

The agency said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 into a bank account provided by Kyari.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) had suspended Kyari from office as a Deputy Commissioner of Police and head of the IRT based on the recommendation of the IGP.

It was gathered that the DIG Joseph Egbunike-led panel, which submitted its report in August, established that there were infractions on the part of Kyari in his communications with Hushpuppi but sources told SaharaReporters that the police authorities are being pressured to clear him of wrongdoings.

“Police authorities are being pressured to clear Kyari; those campaigning for him claim he is the only one who can find a solution to the insecurity in South-East,” a police source told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters learnt that one of the influential Nigerians working behind the scenes to ensure Kyari is off the hook is the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

“Not only some influential Nigerians, even Malami (AGF) also wants to clear Abba Kyari,” another top source said.

It was also learnt that a massive publicity campaign had been launched to call for his reinstatement and get him off the hook.

Such campaigners have seen social media as a veritable tool to deploy to sway the mind of the police authorities and the public.

For instance, a political pressure group, Concerned Advocates For Good Governance (CAGC), recently said it had consulted US-based law firms to defend Kyari.

“We have diligently consulted with about three notable law firms in the United States to give us their legal opinions on what can be done to formidably defend Abba Kyari,” Olusegun Bamgbose, the President-General of CAGC had said.

“One of the leading firms has replied to us and gone ahead to send us the indictment against Abba Kyari and other details which is about 26 pages.

“The reputable law firm, well-grounded on extradition issues, has assured us of their readiness to represent Kyari’s interest before and after his possible extradition to the US.”

Similarly, a chieftain of the ruling APC and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe recently alleged that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), its security wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) and bandits have been capitalising on Kyari absence to wreak havoc in the country, particularly in the South-East.

He posted on Facebook, “FEDERAL GOVERNMENT biko, WE WANT ABBA KYARI BACK IN THE SOUTH EAST. IT LOOKS AS IF IPOB & EASTERN SECURITY NETWORK, BANDITS ARE CELEBRATING HIS EXIT. WE NEED HIM BACK BY ALL MEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”

Another Facebook user wrote, “Please @⁨BisongOnonye⁩, can Abba Kyari be restored to the Nigeria Police? The mayhem and heinous crimes being committed with impunity down the South East is alarming and needs his attention.

“The current Man in charge in my humble opinion is finding Abba’s shoes too big to fill. The South East is currently nosediving into a ‘failed region’. May God Save My Home Land.”

On Instagram, Chinedum Agwaramgbo said, “Pls ABBA KYARI should be re-instated! I don’t really care now about the allegations against him…which are only basically that – unproven allegations! South East is in danger of imploding! BRING ABBA KYARI BACK!”

And in response to Agwaramgbo, one Bond Chris Ohuche said, “So no other police officer is capable? Alright, why not ask for the disbandment of the entire police force since it can’t perform without one man?”

Meanwhile, the probe panel set up to investigate Kyari has since August submitted a compromised report.

SaharaReporters had reported that the panel found Kyari guilty of some infractions after its investigation but recommended that Kyari should be demoted and not dismissed.

Top sources in the Nigeria Police Force had told SaharaReporters that the plot by the police authorities to hand Kyari a demotion was to frustrate his much anticipated extradition to the United States.

SaharaReporters had also reported that the probe panel set up by the IGP after three weeks of dilly-dallying turned in its report on the alleged indictment of Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Competent sources however revealed that what the panel recommended to the IGP was a demotion – the report which would form the basis of what the Police Service Commission would act upon.

“The police report on Abba Kyari only recommends demotion to a lower rank. They figured that he could be extradited if dismissed. Kyari’s real enemies are at the police service commission and what they want is an outright dismissal.

“But they have to defer to the IGP. The IGP is no doubt Kyari’s godfather. So we are waiting to see what he would approve,” a top source had revealed. (Sahara Reporters)

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How FBI, Nigeria Police Violated Rights Of Disgraced DCP Abba Kyari With Hasty Actions —Northern Group |The Republican News

Disgraced DCP Abba Kyari

It, therefore, asked the police authorities to review the suspension of the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Kyari.

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) and other Arewa Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Nigeria Police Force breached the right of the disgraced police chief, Abba Kyari, to a fair hearing.

It, therefore, asked the police authorities to review the suspension of the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Kyari.

The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to the suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias 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 outlined a dispute among members of the Hushpuppi conspiracy, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzo 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.”

He was suspended by the Police Service Commission last Sunday and replaced as Head of the Intelligence Response Team of the force.

At its meeting on Sunday, the coalition demanded an immediate transfer of Kyari’s case to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The communique read to journalists at the end of the meeting on Sunday said the joint CNG, CSOs and NGOs meeting was called out of concern about the deteriorating security situation, threats to education and personal integrity and liberty of eminent northerners.

Reading the communique signed by leaders of CNG and eight other organizations, the CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Sulieman said, “Participants at the roundtable critically reviewed the events that have unfolded since the reports of a purported indictment of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari by a United States Court for involvement in charges filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) against a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas Hushpuppi.

“The Roundtable specifically noted several procedural lapses bordering on breaches of international protocol in the supposed FBI attempt to wrap DCP Kyari in the Hushpuppi affair, as well as the obvious haste by the Nigeria Police authorities to strip him of his position with an immediate replacement.

“That the FBI, an acclaimed American security agency, might invariably have breached the global standard legal and diplomatic practice by neglecting to contact either the Nigerian High Commission in the US or the Nigerian authorities through the FBI liaison offices based in Nigeria before going ahead to file an indictment of a top Nigerian Security Officer.

“That the FBI might have breached another fundamental criminal justice procedure by not according Mr Kyari the benefit of being heard before going ahead with the purported indictment by an American Court in the US for an offence purportedly committed in Nigeria, triable under Nigerian laws, by Nigerian courts and on Nigerian land.

“A breach of decorum and negligence of procedure might have also occurred when the FBI hurriedly published the purported indictment online without first intimating the Nigerian authorities.

“The Roundtable also raised questions on the apparent haste with which Kyari was suspended and an immediate substantive replacement named by the Nigerian police authorities, an outright breach of Mr Kyari’s fundamental right to fair hearing by both the FBI and the Nigerian police authorities by not allowing him the benefit of being heard before the hasty actions against him.” (Sahara Reporters)

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REVEALED: Abba Kyari Admits Living A Large Life Before Investigation Panel|The Republican News

■Kyari, who appeared before the panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, claimed he was innocent.

Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, who formerly headed the Intelligence Response Team, on Tuesday appeared before the Special Investigation Panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, and was grilled for several hours.

SaharaReporters learnt that Kyari, who appeared before the panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, claimed he was innocent in the $1.1million Internet fraud perpetrated by serial fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and five others.

“Kyari has not admitted participating in the fraud yet. He admitted that he lived a large life and has a community of friends locally and abroad, but he is still insisting that monies did not pass between him and the fraudster. He was cross-examined till the evening hours. He would still be re-invited,” a top source disclosed.

“His defence seems weak before the panel but they are careful not to be quick in nailing him in the matter because of the boomerang effects,” the source added.

SaharaReporters had also last Friday reported that Kyari had assembled a team of lawyers to fight off his looming arrest and extradition by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States, which appears to be hell bent on his matter.

SaharaReporters had stated that Kyari was also lobbying the Nigeria Police Force starting with the Inspector-General of Police, and threatening to expose other top police officers who have benefitted from his largesse, should he be handed over to the FBI and extradited.

SaharaReporters had gathered that Kyari, whose links with serial internet fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, were becoming too evident to deny, warned that he would expose the “dirty jobs” he had done for past and present Inspector-Generals of Police as well as some political elites in the country, if they did nothing to stop his extradition.

“There was a stormy meeting on Friday at the Inspector-General of Police’s office between the IGP and police authorities and the FBI agents. Kyari on his part is threatening that many senior officers benefited from his ‘generosity’ and if he’s betrayed, he would expose them.

“He’s now got a team of lawyers. Abba Kyari is still being assured by the police hierarchy that he would not be extradited to the US. He has warned that if he is extradited, the current and past IGPs and members of the political elites he provided support for and assisted for dirty jobs will all be exposed,” a top source had told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters reported that Kyari was given till next week to formally respond to the allegations till his extradition to the US would be decided by the police authorities.

SaharaReporters since Thursday in several reports on Kyari exposed how Hushpuppi claimed to have offered bribes to the top police officer, going by court documents that were ordered unsealed.

The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had also 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.

The court documents also outlined a dispute among members of the Hushpuppi conspiracy, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.

The Inspector-General of Police has ordered an internal review of the United States’ authorities’ allegations against Kyari. (Sahara Reporters)

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Hushpuppi: US Court Requests Detention Of Suspended Abba Kyari To Avoid Him Fleeing |The Republican News

Hushpuppi and suspened DCP Abba Kyari

By KINGSLEY NWEZEH

A United States has requested for pre-trial detention of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari, according to papers filed at the United State District Court for the Central District of California.

The court papers sighted by THISDAY requested a pre-trial detention of Kyari.

The court papers filed April 29, 2021 were signed by Acting US Attorney, Tracy Wilkinson and two other officials.

It read: “Plantiff, United States of America, by and through its court of records hereby requests detention of defendant (Abba Kyari) and gives notice of the following factors:

“Pre-trial detention requested (S 3142(e)) because no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure:
“a. The appearance of the defendant as required
“b. Safety of any other person and the community”.

The US further said in the court papers that government was entitled to detention hearing under S 3142 (f) If the case involves serious risk the defendant will flee.

The US District Court of California had indicted Kyari over his involvement in a $1.1million fraud committed by notorious internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas Olarewaju, also known as Hushpuppi.

The development led to Kyari’s suspension by the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba.

Kyari is currently facing an investigation panel set up by the IG and headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike. (Text, excluding headline, courtesy THISDAY)

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N8m Bribe: I Played The Role Of Debt Collector For Hushpuppi —DCP Abba Kyari |The Republican News

Hushpuppi and Abba Kyari

BY BRIDGET EDOKWE

Abba Kyari on Tuesday denied collecting bribes from Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas to detain a gang member Chibuzo Vincent, saying the notorious fraudster only sent him receipts of N8 million transaction to help him recover a loan.

Mr Kyari’s comment marked a stark breakaway from his initial defence following his indictment by the United States. The police chief had initially claimed in a Facebook statement on July 29 that he had no ties to Hushpuppi, saying the con artist only sent him N300,000 to help him purchase native wears.

Hushpuppi Paid Abba Kyari N8m To Arrest And Illegally Detain Chibuzo —FBI Claims |The Republican News

But following report of how he collected N8 million from Hushpuppi, Mr Kyari edited his Facebook post on Tuesday night and changed his story as he came under widespread public ridicule and police administrative action. He said the N8 million reported by The Gazette, which was subsequently reported by other media outlets, was for him to collect as an outstanding debt owed to Hushpuppi, and not as a bribe for him to hold Chibuzo for the scamming of Qatari businessperson to pull through as alleged by the FBI in court filings.

“Nobody demanded or collected any money from Abbas Hushpuppi. He can be interviewed Publicly in the Presence of world media by the people holding him to confirm this. He also called for another case in June 2020 and complained about a financial transaction with a second person whom he said his friend sent 8million naira to and pleaded for his friends money to be recovered.

Hushpuppi Paid Abba Kyari N8m To Arrest And Illegally Detain Chibuzo —FBI Claims |The Republican News

“He sent transaction slips and other evidences to prove their case against the person, All these can be verified from the Hushpuppi since he is still in Custody. And it can be verified from person who collected the 8million naira from Hushpuppi’s friend whom they complained about is alive and is in Nigeria. Generally Whatever investigation steps/Tactics that is being taken in most cases especially on the Parties in this type of case from January to June is not for public consumption. This is the true story,” Mr Kyari said.

I Only Assisted Him To Get Native Clothes, Caps Of 300,000 —Abba Kyari Responds To $1.1m Bribe From Hushpuppi |RN

Barely four hours after changing his story, Mr Kyari deleted the entire post from his Facebook page. He did not return requests for comments about his decision to take down the statement. (Nigerianlawyer)

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ICYMI: IGP Appoints DIG Joseph Egbunike Head Of Abba Kyari Criminal Indictment Investigation Panel |RN

DIG J.O. Egbunike

The Nigeria Police Chief, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali appoints Deputy Inspector-General, Joseph Egbunike as the Head of the Police panel to investigate the allegations of crminal indictment of DCP Abba Kyari by United States FBI.

Meanwhile, DCP Abba Kyari has been suspended to pave the way for seamless investigation without interference from him. As The Republican News gathered, if found guilty, he could face extradition to the United States where he will face trial and perhaps imprisonment.

The press statement by the Nigeria Police is below.

PRESS RELEASE


FBI INDICTMENT: IGP RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION OF DCP ABBA KYARI


• AS 4-MAN SPECIAL INVESTIGATION PANEL BEGINS PROBE

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on 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 IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.


Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

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DCP Abba Kyari’s Hate Against The Igbo, Biafra Ended His Career —Simon Ekpa |The Republican News

Ekpa, who is also former host of Radio Biafra, said Kyari’s alleged roles and injustice in suppressing the Igbo paved the way for the expose of the fraud he ventured into.

Finland-based ardent member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Simon Ekpa has said the alleged hatred of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, for the South-East region and the Biafran agitations ended his career.

Ekpa, who is also former host of Radio Biafra, said Kyari’s alleged roles and injustice in suppressing the Igbo paved the way for the expose of the fraud he ventured into.

He stated these on his Twitter page while reacting to the indictment of the top police officer in $1.1million fraud involving serial fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, as revealed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.

This led to the suspension of Kyari on Sunday by the Police Service Commission for an investigation.

Ekpa wrote, “I was very sure Abba Kyari’s life and career will end in Biafraland, but I didn’t see it coming this way. All the same without our outcry, the criminal government will shield him. Today, his injustice and hate against a Biafra in the name of Vincent has ended his career.”

Hushpuppi had told FBI about a deal with Kyari that led to the arrest of another suspected fraudster, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent.

The US wants Kyari extradited to answer questions on the allegations.

However, Kyari has denied the allegation, saying he only introduced Hushpuppi to a tailor. (Sahara Reporters)

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Abba Kyari Writes Appreciation Letter To Friends, Colleagues, Says He’s In High Spirit |The Republican News

Former IRT head, DCP Abba Kyari

The embattled suspended IRT head, DCP Abba Kyari, who is involved in the criminal indictment by USA Court and wanted by FBI, writes o his colleagues, and friends.

He urges his friends, supporters and colleagues to remain calm and not be confrontational.

Suspended DCP Abba Kyari appreciation letter is below.

To all my friends and colleagues in the Office, Please do not be worried. I am Good and in high Spirit. I see this as an Excellent opportunity to relax and spend good time with Family and friends after 11 years of None stop dogged fight against deadly criminals and killers across the country.

I thank you all for your dedication and utmost support while I held sway as your commander. Many of you have become my brothers and friends, and I do not take this for granted. Together we brought innovations in crime fighting and improvements in infrastructures to our organization.

We thank GOD Almighty for all the outstanding results we recorded in the course of fighting crimes in Nigeria and the recognitions we got from the National Assembly, Presidency and many reputable national and international organizations and individuals.

All those who know me closely know that I detest lies. Everything I say and post is the truth. The truth on this issue will come out soonest, to clear all doubts.

To my friend and brother ACP Sunny, my dedicated 2IC, I say a big thank you for the support and outstanding service to the nation. To my immediate boss and senior brother AIG Habu Sani, Thanks for everything and we will remain loyal and grateful forever Sir. I also thank all my former and current Bosses (IGP Solomon Arase, IGP Ibrahim Idris, IGP Adamu Abubakar and IGP Usman Alkali) for giving me the opportunity to serve my nation. My senior brother and respected boss AIG G.B. Umar, thank you and thank you Sir.

To my immediate family, Thank you for enduring my absence all these years, I am more than grateful for your patience, prayers and support.

We can’t thank GOD enough for surviving with all parts of our body intact after taking so much risks in many battles across the country.

For my friend and brother DCP Tunde Disu, the new head of IRT, you are an excellent crime fighter with outstanding records. I wish you the best in everything you do and I genuinely urge all my colleagues to give you maximum support to succeed.

Lastly, I urge all my family members, friends and supporters not to be confrontational, but to remain calm, steadfast and to keep thanking GOD for all the blessings.

Thank you all and GOD bless Nigeria.

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Abba Kyari’s Indictment In The US, The Unmasking Of The Nigeria Police Force —by Emeka Ugwuonye Esq |The Republican News

Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA)


(By Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire, President, Eculaw Group, Founder and CEO, DPA)

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

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Hushpuppi Paid Abba Kyari N8m To Arrest And Illegally Detain Chibuzo —FBI Claims |The Republican News

L-R: Hushpuppi, Vincent Chibuzo and DCP Abba Kyari

By Kayode Oyero

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)

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