Troubled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, is reportedly threatening to expose many senior officers if he is extradited to the United States where he is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Kyari, leader of Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team, is listed among five of Hushpuppi’s conspirators in a $1.1million fraud charge recently approved by a U.S. grand jury and has been declared wanted by FBI.
It was gathered that Kyari had gone ahead to assemble a team of lawyers to fight off his looming arrest by the FBI.
According to Sahara Reporters, Kyari is lobbying the Nigerian Police Force, starting with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
However, a panel setup by the IGP to look into the allegations levelled against kyari has given the officer till next week to formally respond to the allegations till his extradition to the US would be decided by the police authorities.
“There was a stormy meeting on Friday at the Inspector-General of Police’s office between the IGP and police authorities and the FBI agents. Kyari on his part is threatening that many senior officers benefited from his ‘generosity’ and if he’s betrayed, he would expose them.
“He’s now got a team of lawyers. Abba Kyari is still being assured by the police hierarchy that he would not be extradited to the US. He has warned that if he is extradited, the current and past IGPs and members of the political elites he provided support for and assisted for dirty jobs will all be exposed,” Sahara Reporters quoted a top source to have said.
Hushpuppi claimed to have offered bribes to the top police officer, going by court documents that were ordered unsealed.
The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had also issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering.
The court documents also outlined a dispute among members of the Hushpuppi conspiracy, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.
According to the affidavit, “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”