Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari over his indictment in the Hushpuppi and syndicate’s multi-million dollars fraud.
Hushpuppi had accused Kyari of taking bribe from him to arrest a co-fraudster Vincent after he was considered to have breached his trust in their fraudulent game.
The recommendation of the IGP was communicated to the public in a release today by CP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer who noted that the suspension is to create an enabling environment for the special investigation to be carried out on the ‘weighty allegations’ against the police chief.
“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 IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force,” the release read.
“The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
“The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). 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 (FBI). 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 IGP also affirmed the commitment of the police to the rule of law, assuring the public of a thorough probe and absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.