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Hushpuppi: FG grants approval for Abba Kyari’s extradition to US

The Federal Government on Thursday granted the request by the United States to extradite embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari.

Kyari’s extradition was requested by the US following his indictment in a wire fraud masterminded by Ramon Hushpuppi Abbas.

The approval of his extradition was contained in an application filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022 was filed under the Extradition Act.

The AGF said the application followed a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.

The request is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment”

The AGF said he was satisfied that the offence in respect of which Kyari’s surrender is not political nor is it trivial.

The AGF also expressed satisfaction that the request for the surrender of Kyari was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions but in good faith and the interest of justice.

He said Kyari, “if surrendered, will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions”.

The AGF said having regard to all the circumstances in which the offence was committed, it will not be unjust or oppressive, or be too severe a punishment, to surrender him.

Malami said he was also satisfied that Kyari has been accused of the offence for which his surrender is sought.

He noted that there was no criminal proceeding pending against Kyari in Nigeria for the same offence.

Meanwhile, the disgraced ‘Super Cop’, Kyari, is also investigated in Nigeria for his alleged link with international drug cartel.

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