Hushpuppi: Nigeria, US considering extraditing Kyari, says Malami

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami(SAN) said Nigeria is in talks with United State about extraditing suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Ramos Abass, AKA Hushpuppi and five others.

United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, had alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Vincent, allegedly threatened to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman with the intelligence security service calling for the disgraced cop’s arrest.

Consequently, Kyari was probed by the Nigeria Police force and has been on suspension.

On Monday, Malami featured on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.

In response to questions bordering on the officer’s case, the AGF said, “There are a lot of issues that are ongoing inclusive of the possibility of consideration for extradition. That is where the collaboration element of it comes into play.”

Asked if a request for Kyari’s extradition had been made by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the minister said, “There could be a need or perhaps the possibility of making such a request.”

He added, “As far as I am concerned, the parties are discussing, the parties are collaborating, there are exchanges of correspondence from the perspective of investigation, from the perspective of extradition, and associated things.

“Reasonable grounds for suspicion have been established and that will eventually translate to the possibility of prosecution and conviction if indeed one is adjudged guilty by the law.”

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