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$1.1 million fraud: Commission orders Inspector General of Police to forward update on panel investigation on Kyari

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has ordered the Inspector General of Police Usma Baba to furnish the commission with information on further development on the fraud  allegation against suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari in connection with internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly called Hushipuppi

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Penpushing reports that, United States of America (USA) court has requested extradition of Kyari for trial having being fingered   as a conspirator in a $1.1 million fraudulent deal against Hushipuppi, who has already owned up to the crime.

The Police Service Commission has equally suspended Kyari with effect from on Saturday, July 31, following recommendation by the Inspector General of Police, a decision said to be  a temporary measure while the police investigate Kyari’s  alleged involvement in the scam

Penpushing further reports that, a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani said the order for the Inspector General of Police to furnish the commission with outcome of the panel of investigation should be treated with urgency

“The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action. The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. 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,” the  statement said

Penpushing also reports that, the statement explained that, the commission relieved Kyari from all duties pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States

The highly decorated officer has, however, denied the allegations saying  he only introduced the fraudster to a  clothe sellers in Nigeria, adding that his first contact with Hishpuppi. was about two years ago when he called his  office  that somebody in Nigeria seriously threatened to kill his family  in Nigeria and he sent the person’s phone number and pleaded police  take action before the person attacks his family.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police said Hushpuppi saw some of his (Kyari) native clothes and caps on his social media page and he said he likes them and  thereafter  connected him to the person selling the clothes.

Penpushing further reports that, Kyari said Hushpuppi later  sent about N300,000 directly to the person’s account, who he said later brought the native clothes and five caps to his office, for onward transmission to Hushpuppi

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