The Federal Government has approved the request made by the United States of America to extradite the suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on charges of wire fraud involving one Abass Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The alleged $1.1m fraud involving Hushpuppi, Abba Kyari and four others, is said to have been committed against a Qatari businessman.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), made this known in an application filed before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In the application marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022, and filed under the Extradition Act, Malami said the application was necessitated by a request by the Diplomatic
The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California had ordered the FBI to arrest Kyari almost a year ago and this led to his suspension to pave wave for investigation.
The findings of the probe panel were transmitted to the AGF office which is responsible for matters regarding extradition, repatriation and transfer of suspects or wanted persons.
On Thursday, the AGF said the offence in respect of which Kyari’s extradition was requested “is not political nor is it trivial”.
“if surrendered, (Kyari) will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions,” part of the application read.
Kyari is the subject of an indictment in case Number 2:21-cr-00203 (also referred to as 2:21-MJ-00760 and 2:21-CR-00203-RGK), filed April 29, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
If found guilty on the three counts preferred against him by the US Title 18, Kyari might spend 42 years of maximum term of imprisonment.