THE Police Service Commission has ordered Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, to look into the connection between Abba Kyari, the suspended former chief of the Intelligence Response Team, and Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, an internet scammer.
The IG was given two weeks to submit the report, which would be evaluated by the PSC Standing Committee on Discipline, according to the commission.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, advised the IG to issue the directive.
Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was previously investigated by a four-man Special Investigation Panel led by Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in command of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.
Hushpuppi and four others, AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka, were suspended in July 2021 for alleged involvement in a $1.1 million Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and four others, AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Fas (Bolamide).
Hushpuppi allegedly paid $20,600 to two bank accounts allegedly provided by Kyari on January 20, 2020, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kyari denied wrongdoing.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, is said to have told the commission that the police investigation into Kyari was not complete and that more evidence was required to establish the relationship between the ex-IRT commander and Hushpuppi, who is awaiting sentencing after agreeing to a plea deal with US authorities.
The commission was said to have asked the IG to conduct a further investigation into Kyari's relationship with Hushpuppi based on the AGF's advice.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.