Kyari: IGP receives panel report in fraud case involving Hushpuppi

Kyari: IGP receives panel report in fraud case involving Hushpuppi

The Special Investigation Panel on the alleged indictment of Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, has submitted its report to the Inspector General (I-G) of Police, Usman Baba.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Thursday, August 27, in Abuja.

1st News had reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari in a bribery allegation.

The FBI alleged that Kyari was paid a bribe by a serial internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, to arrest one of his (Hushpuppi’s) friends in a 1.1 million-dollar deal.

Kyari was on July 31 suspended by the Police Service Commission, following recommendations from the I-G.

While submitting the report, Joseph Egbunike, a deputy inspector general of police and chairman of the panel, commended the I-G for the confidence reposed in him and other panel members.

He said that the panel began investigations immediately after it was inaugurated on Aug. 2.

Egbunike said that the report submitted was an outcome of a painstaking, transparent, and exhaustive investigative process.

He also said that the report contained the case file of the probe, evidence, and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

In his remarks, the I-G commended the panel, noting that the essence of the probe was to carry out discrete investigations into the allegation leveled against the officer.

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He said that the idea was to enable the force leadership to be appropriately guided in its decision-making processes.

The I-G pledged that a careful and expeditious review of the recommendations would be undertaken by the force management team before forwarding it to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and partners have agreed to play their part; to ensure that the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism is won.

The resolution was reached at an NBA workshop that took place in Abuja on Thursday, August 26; organised by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CFTIW).

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU); Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML); the civil society, among others attended.

With the negative effects of corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing within financial, non-financial institutions; as well as other professions, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); and United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) are applying measures.

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