Hushpuppi: Buhari to decide Abba Kyari’s fate – Police Minister

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari will take the final decision on the now-suspended former head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari.

Dingyadi, who disclosed this while featuring as a guest on the Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’, said the federal government is trying to ensure due diligence is done on the matter because of its international connotations.

The minister said, “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.

“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.”

It was reported that DCP Abba Kyari was indicted by the FBI in a $1.1 million Internet scam allegedly carried out by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and four others.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) had earlier suspended Kyari with effect from July 31, 2021, pending the outcome of a police investigation.

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