Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba has reacted to the suspension of the embattled police officer, Abba Kyari from the service of the Nigeria Police Force.
Naija News earlier reported that IGP Usman Alkali Baba, 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 details of the IGP’s letter recommending the suspension of Kyari were made available in a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba.
The statement added that the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
But in an interview with The Punch on Monday, Garba asked that Kyari should be prosecuted in Nigeria and not in the United States if found guilty in the $1.1m cyber fraud involving an alleged fraudster, Abass Ramon also known as Hushpuppi.
He, however, urged the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Force not to hesitate to reinstate Kyari if he is found innocent by the panel.
He said: “The FBI has written to Nigeria that this is why they want him (Kyari) but as a civil servant of high repute who was very effective on his job especially in the area of intelligence gathering and solution to Nigeria and being a law enforcement officer, then, it makes sense for all his cases to be attended to within the Nigerian laws governed by Nigerian constitution using Nigerian judicial procedure.
“After all, he is a serving police officer and there are standard rules that cover any misappropriation of attitude within the police force, so, the police should be responsible for the case, not another country; we can’t allow another country to prosecute a force officer from our country, that doesn’t make sense. Nobody is saying that he is a suspect, he might be, but he should be attended to using Nigerian laws and not American laws. He (Kyari) is not an American.
“This has nothing to do with Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba but the law. Kyari is a state actor doing the right things for the state but (Sunday) Igboho and (Nnamdi) Kanu are non-state actors. So, you can’t compare them. Abba Kyari is our statesman, this is strategic access to the Nigerian intelligence cycle, we can’t release him to the FBI to answer a crime because he was mentioned. In fact, if after investigation and Abba Kyari is innocent, he should be quickly reinstated.”
Source: Naija News