Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari Suspended From Police Force Pending Outcome of Ongoing Internal Investigations
This is even as the deputy-inspector general of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) DIG, Joseph Egbunike has been appointed to head a special investigation panel (SIP), comprising four senior police officers, to investigate Kyari’s indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States in the on going court trial involving internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly called Hushpuppi..
The PSC said Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31, 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation.
Earlier yesterday, the inspector-general of police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had recommended the immediate suspension of Kyari from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on him.
Force PRO, Frank Mba, who stated this, said the IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated July 31, 2021, said 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 Kyari without interference.
He also said the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.