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PSC suspends Abba Kyari as CACOL urges officer to submit for trial

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of powers and functions of his office .
   
Spokesperson for PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31, and would subsist, pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States.
   
The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for further action.
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PSC’s decision, which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, yesterday,  August 1, 2021, was signed by Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s  Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police, who is currently on leave.
   
Earlier, IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  has recommended immediate suspension of  Kyari from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations on him.
 
The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated July 31, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
   
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.

IN a related development,   Chairman, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran,  has urged Abba Kyari to submit self for trial.
 
CACOL’s Director for Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo, in a statement yesterday, said:  “It would be recalled that the United States Attorney Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against DCP Kyari for his alleged links to a suspect, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering, among others. Kyari is a well-decorated Deputy Commissioner in the Nigeria Police Force. The allegation came after Hushpuppi reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of fraud in an American court .
“While, it remains to be proven that Hushpuppi gave bribe to Mr. Abba Kyari because of his character as a fraudster, Mr. Kyari should be presumed as innocent until otherwise proven. We want to call on the general public to exercise restraints in subjecting Kyari to the court of public opinion.

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 “We would also advise DCP Kyari to do all within his ability to clear his name of any wrongdoing in this case. As we all know a good name is better than great riches. If it involves travelling to America, Kyari should not hesitate to do so. He should be ready to surrender himself for trial both within and outside the country.
 
 “Our current situation as a nation demands that public officers should be seen to be above board in their dealings while on official duties. It is in this regard that we appreciate the effort of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, who has ordered an internal review of the allegations against Kyari.

“It is a known fact that the police in most parts of the world is an institution for which integrity and character is the watchword and no effort should be too much to be expended in uplifting the honour of the profession here in Nigeria. We hope the findings of the internal review would be made public and the already battered image of the police would not be further denigrated.”

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