September 23, 2021

Two weeks after mandated probe of Abba Kyari, investigation panel submits report

Two weeks after it was mandated to probe the former Head, Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Special Investigation Panel has submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.

The four-man panel headed by the Deputy Inspector -General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, submitted its findings to the IG on Monday.

Kyari is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi and four others; AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (Bolamide).

The FBI had claimed that Kyari detained Chibuzor at the behest of Hushpuppi for one month to enable the latter and his co-conspirators to fleece their Qatari victim of over $1m.

Following the development, the IG on August 1 recommended the suspension of the DCP to the Police Service Commission, with effect from July 31, and also set up the SIP to investigate the allegations against him.

Kyari was replaced at the IRT by Tunji Disu, also a DCP

During its sittings, Kyari appeared several times before the panel where he dismissed the allegations of conniving with Hushpuppi to defraud the Qatari businessman.

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