Hushpuppi: No FBI extradition request for Kyari, says IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Thursday said he was yet to receive a formal extradition request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, following his indictment by a US Court.

Baba said this while answering questions from State House correspondents during a briefing organised by the Presidential Communications team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

UGAMATV had earlier reported that Kyari had been accused of being a conspirator in a $1.1m fraud deal involving Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

The IGP, however, said the police was working closely with the offices of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Attorney General of the Federation to discharge the appropriate form of justice to Kyari.

He also explained that the panel constituted to investigate the case has submitted its report to the SGF, Boss Mustapha, for vetting and advice on the findings.

According to him, the police authorities recently received feedback from the SGF and are contemplating their next step.

He said, “I have not received any extradition requests formally but I have read from other places that there was an extradition request. I have not seen it and that is one.

“Two, when this issue of Kyari started, we took our own actions by constituting a panel to look at the allegations that were made against the senior officer.

“The allegations were based on fraternising with Hushpuppi and even receiving some series of instructions on extrajudicial torture and so on. We looked into all these allegations via the committee that was set up by the DIG and we submitted our report to the SGF on the findings of our investigation.

“We just received the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General on what to do next in terms of asking the officer to account for what we have gathered in the course of our investigation. But for the extradition, I have not seen anything like that formally.”

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Asked about the criminalisation of ransom to bandits, Baba said ransoms were still necessary for the release of victims especially when a frontal rescue attempt might endanger the lives of hostages.

He added that the police are reskilling their personnel to better handle kidnapping cases.

He said, “When you ask people not to pay the ransom you are even scaring them away from telling you that there was a kidnapping. Because that is what the kidnappers will capitalise upon.

“They will say don’t report the matter to the police. So, ransom is still being paid. In some instances, it has been criminalised. But sometimes, the end justifies the means.

“The issue of rescuing a victim is a delicate matter. If you don’t rescue the person unhurt then you have not done anything. So, it is easier to get the person out by whatever means and then go after the kidnappers when they don’t have captives.”

He added that kidnapping will be mitigated through the type of punishment that will be meted to kidnappers.

On the disappearance of a Vanguard’s correspondent covering the House of Representatives, Tordue Salem, Baba said the Force’s special investigations unit has taken over the case since it received a procession of aggrieved journalists at its headquarters on Monday.

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