Hushpuppi: Buhari will have final say over Abba Kyari’s fate — Minister

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingya­di, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari will take the final decision on erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari, who was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Inves­tigation (FBI).

The Police Service Com­mission had earlier suspended Kyari with effect from July 31 pending the outcome of the po­lice investigation.

Abba Kyari was allegedly involved in a $1.1 million bribe involving Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas.

This is following a warrant of arrest against DCP Abba Kyari by Judge Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of Cali­fornia.

Wright ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in the alleged fraud perpe­trated by Hushpuppi.

Dingyadi, who disclosed this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television pro­gramme ‘Politics Today’ moni­tored by Daily Independent, said the Federal Government is try­ing to ensure that due diligence is done on the matter because it has international connotations.

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According to the minister, “The issue of Abba Kyari has become a public domain and I think by now everybody has heard that the police in their very wisdom, in their usual way of becoming transparent and fair to all have set up a com­mittee to investigate all these allegations.

“We have also reported that the committee has submitted the report to the IGP. We have also submitted this report and recommendations to the Attor­ney-General of the Federation for legal opinion, thereafter, we will take it to Mr. President for final consideration.

“So, you can see that even though this matter is a local matter here, it has some in­ternational connotations. We have to do some due diligence to ensure that we do the right thing. We have to do some con­sultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice before a final decision will be taken.

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“But what is important is that Nigerians should know that the police management is up and doing and they have done what they are supposed to do. I hope people will wait and see what actions will be taken on this matter”.

Also speaking on the fate of Ibrahim Magu, the former Act­ing Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC), the minister said even though the panel set up by the president to investigate the allegations leveled against Magu had submitted its report to President Buhari, the Po­lice Affairs Ministry has not received any communication from the presidency.

He said Magu, Commission­er of Police, is currently on duty at the Force Headquarters in Abuja as he was only suspended as the anti-graft agency chair­man and not from service as a policeman.

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“The matter is investigated. The man is still in the service in the Force Headquarters. I don’t want to expatiate at this particu­lar time as to what is happening to the report of the committee. What I know is that the matter has been submitted to Mr. Pres­ident and as far as I know, no communication has yet to be submitted to the Ministry or the PoliceForceonthismatter. So, we arewaitingforthefinaloutcome and the public will be informed as and when the need arises.

“Of course, he is still a police officer even though he is under suspension. What you know is that he used to be the chairman of EFCC but he is no longer one”, he said.

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