The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the suspension of a celebrated police officer, Abba Kyari following his alleged ties with internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas (a.k.a Hushpuppi).
The recommendation was noted in a statement by the Police Spokesman, CP Frank Uba, in a letter dated July 31 and addressed to the Police Service Commission (PSC).
PSC is saddled with the responsibility of exercising disciplinary control and formulating policies and guidelines for appointment in the Nigeria Police Force.
‘Super cop’ Abba Kyari was indicted by the US Department of Justice to have been allegedly involved in a fraud of $1.1 million committed by Hushpuppi.
The Instagram celebrity (Hushpuppi) has pleaded guilty to the charges and he is expected to be sentenced in late October.
“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,” Mba said.
“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”, Mba stated.
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.
NewsWireNGR recalls the PSC had stated Kyari might face dismissal or demotion, and criminal prosecution if found culpable of the allegation.