The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the immediate suspension of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari,), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force.

This is 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.

DCP Kyari has been indicted by a court in the United States of America, which issued a warrant for his arrest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The once-upon-a-time Nigeria’s super cop is suspected to have aided criminal activities of international fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi has pleaded guilty to allegations of fraud before a US court.

The IGP noted that the suspension is 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.

And 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, 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.

In the meantime, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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