A United States (U.S.) court has issued a warrant of arrest for Nigeria’s top police officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, Peoples Gazette reports.
Justice Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States over his role in a multimillion dollar fraud perpetrated by alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.
Abbas was arrested in Dubai in. June 2020 and extradited to the U.S. He pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. this week.
The FBI said Abbas and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money.
Kyari was also indicted for receiving bribes from Abbas to arrest a member of the syndicate in Nigeria.
American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, according to court documents. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.
Justice Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.
Kyari had in a statement released earlier on Thursday, denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster.
It was not immediately clear whether or not an extradition request has been filed for Kyari.