The Police Service Commission (PSC) is expected to this week deliberate on a probe panel report on the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr. Abba Kyari, submitted to it by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Alkali Usman, THISDAY learnt yesterday.
The IGP had submitted the probe panel report on the suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team, to the PSC.
Kyari was investigated over his alleged role in a $1.1million internet scam by notorious internet scammer, Abbas Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, and four others.
The probe followed Kyari’s indictment by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which recommended that he be extradited to the US for trial.
A member of the PSC, Mr. Braimoh Adogame Austin, said the commission would deliberate on the issue this week.
“The IGP has submitted Abba Kyari’s report to the PSC and deliberations on the matter will commence this week. I can’t tell you when it was submitted but it’s now with the commission,” he said.
The Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had, in June 2020, arrested Hushpuppi and others.
They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.
The FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, had alleged that Hushpuppi contracted Kyari after a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Vincent, allegedly threatened to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
Kyari was alleged to have benefitted from the proceeds of a $1.1 million internet fraud.
Kyari had taken to facebook on July 29 to deny the allegations, but he later deleted the post after editing it many times.
Police authorities had recommended the suspension of Kyari, which the PSC carried out on July 31.
The IGP had, on August 2, 2021, constituted the Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Mr Joseph Egbunike, to probe the allegations.
Egbunike on August 26 submitted the panel’s report, which he said was the “outcome of a painstaking, transparent and exhaustive investigative process.”
He disclosed that the report contained the case file of the probe, evidence and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, had on September 14, during a television interview, said the findings and recommendations on Kyari had been submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for, “legal opinion” and thereafter for presentation to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the final decision would be taken by the PSC.”