Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari threatens to expose other corrupt officers as PSC says he may be dismissed

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said it could dismiss DCP Abba Kyari over his link with Ramon Abbas, a self-confessed internet fraudster also known as Hushpuppi.

Kyari, deputy commissioner of Police, has been indicted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged involvement in a $1.1million internet fraud perpetrated by Hushpuppi.

The police commission noted that if Kyari, who is the commander of the IGP's intelligence response and monitoring team, was found guilty of the allegations, it had the power to determine his fate.

The embattled police officer already has a warrant of arrest on him instituted by a US district court in California.

Speaking to Punch, Austin Braimoh, the Commissioner in charge of Media on the board of the PSC, said the commission would not be bound by the IG’s review of the allegations against Kyari, noting that it would carry out further probe on whatever findings the police authorities made on Kyari.

Braimoh stated that the commission’s findings would determine Kyari’s future in the police force.

He said, “The commission won’t say anything until we get the official report. We are the final decision-maker on his fate as a police officer. Everything concerning his indictment can be investigated and the criminal aspect of it can be sent to the law court but on the official aspect concerning discipline; no other body has power to do anything to him as a police officer, it is only the commission that has such powers.

“So, the commission is awaiting the full report of investigation and his indictment and we will treat it officially; we would apply the law. The law will determine the various punishments that we can award against him. He can be dismissed depending on the gravity of the offence; we can demote him, reduce his rank; we can suspend him.

“Many things are laid out before us pertaining to various offences and after that, the criminal aspect would be referred to the court for prosecution. It depends on how the report is coming; whether it is coming to us directly for us to extricate the criminal aspect and treat it or they want to treat it and refer the official one to us to discipline him.”

Asked if the police could be trusted to carry out a thorough, unbiased investigation, the commissioner disclosed that the PSC investigation department will subject the findings of the police review to further investigations.

Giving an insight into the disciplinary process the embattled DCP would go through, Braimoh explained that Kyari would be queried after which he would be interrogated by the Force Disciplinary Committee.

He noted, “We don’t always believe the police should investigate the police (personnel) except through the commission. But the important thing is that whatever thing they decide to do, we are not obliged to accept their investigations. So, our investigation department would still go further to get the facts.

‘’What we know they would do is that a query would be issued based on the complaints against him, he would be asked to defend himself and then, he would face what we call the Force Disciplinary Committee which would interrogate him and the report is passed to the DIG in charge and from there to the IG.

“The IG would basically forward the final findings and recommendations to the commission. The commission would now carry on with their own investigation; we have to re-investigate what they have done to ensure that they comply with the rule of law and what is expected.

‘’Our lawyer would look into it, he would check the facts and if we feel there is negligence and that some things are not done, we would do a thorough job and eventually, we would have recommendations from the standing committee to the plenary for a final decision and our decision is final on his career.’’

Meanwhile, Abba Kyari has reportedly assembled a team of lawyers to fight off his looming arrest and extradition by the FBI, are already in Nigeria and appears to be hell bent in returning with the alleged fraudulent officer.

According to SaharaReporters Kyari is also lobbying the Nigeria Police starting with IGP Usman Baba, and threatening to expose other top officers who have benefitted from his largesse, should he be handed over to the FBI and extradited.

The report said that Kyari, whose links with Hushpuppi, were becoming too evident to deny, warned that he would expose the “dirty jobs” he had done for past and present police chiefs 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," the report quoted a source as saying.

“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.” 

The report also said that Kyari has been given till next week to formally respond to the allegations till his extradition to the US would be decided by the police authorities.

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