The suspension of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has been recommended by the Inspector-General of Police following his alleged involvement in Hushpuppi’s fraudulent case.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has recommended the immediate suspension of the officer from the police force but pending on the outcome of the case.
This came few days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) linked him to Hushpuppi and his hand members who are currently facing charges in the United States.
In the wake of Kyari’s indictment, IGP Baba recommended his suspension to the Police Service Commission (PSC) and ordered investigation of the officer.
The embattled police commissioner is currently the head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and has been suspended with immediate effect.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said in a statement issued today, Sunday August 1 said that the recommendation for the suspension is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the force.
”The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
“The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer,” He said.
He added: “The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter,”