The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the suspension of Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, indicted by American authorities for allegedly conniving with a notorious fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, in a $1.1m scam.
The IGP made the recommendation to the Police Service Commission(PSC) in a letter dated July 31,noting that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer was in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
A Special Investigation Panel comprising four senior police officers, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, was also set up to investigate the allegations against Kyari.
According to a statement on Sunday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a Special Investigation Panel comprising four senior police officers, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, was also set up to investigate the allegations against Kyari.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on him.
“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
“The SIP comprising four senior police officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.
“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.
”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,” the statement added.
Mba said the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its internal investigations.