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General News of Monday, 29 August 2022


Court blocks extradition of Abba Kyari to U.S.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit that sought the extradition of the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari to the United States of America.

The suit was instituted by the Nigerian Government as the US has demanded the release of Abba Kyari to the US to face charges that border on an alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

Recall that on April 29, 2021, a grand jury filed an indictment against him with the approval of the US district court for the Central District of California, after which a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In July 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari in a $1.1 million fraud involving Abdulraman Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, a self-confessed international fraudster.

In August 2021, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba received the report of a panel set up to probe the allegation against the officer.

The report was thereafter sent to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), who then filed an extradition application against Kyari on March 2, reports SaharaReporters.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, in a judgment on Monday, held that the extradition request filed by the Attorney General of the Federation on behalf of the Nigerian government lacked merit and was liable to dismissal.

Justice Ekwo held that the Nigerian government has no basis to file the extradition request having put Kyari on trial in Nigeria in relation to the allegations against him in America.

“I make an order dismissing this application, this is the judgement of this court,” Justice Ekwo ruled.