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CNG, Others Demand Review Of Abba Kyari’s Suspension

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) and other northern Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded a review of the suspension of an embattled police officer, DCP Abba Kyari.

Naija News reports that billionaire fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, had alleged that he bribed Kyari to arrest someone who outsmarted him in a $1.1 million scam, an allegation the police officer denied.

Kyari is currently on suspension by the Police Service Commission over an indictment by the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI).

The police had set up a panel to probe Kyari while he was replaced as head of the Intelligence Response team of the force.

Reacting to Kyari’s suspension, the coalition and other CSOs condemned the Nigeria Police Force and PSC for suspending Kyari from the force.

At its meeting on Sunday, the coalition slammed both the FBI and the Nigerian Police authority for breaching Kyari’s fundamental right to a fair hearing before suspending the officer.

A communique signed by leaders of CNG and eight other organizations, and read by the CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Sulieman, demanded an immediate transfer of Kyari’s case to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The communique reads: “Participants at the roundtable critically reviewed the events that have unfolded since the reports of a purported indictment of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari by a United States Court for involvement in charges filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) against a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas Hushpuppi.

“The Roundtable specifically noted several procedural lapses bordering on breaches of international protocol in the supposed FBI attempt to wrap DCP Kyari in the Hushpuppi affair, as well as the obvious haste by the Nigeria Police authorities to strip him of his position with an immediate replacement.

“That the FBI, an acclaimed American security agency, might invariably have breached the global standard legal and diplomatic practice by neglecting to contact either the Nigerian High Commission in the US or the Nigerian authorities through the FBI liaison offices based in Nigeria before going ahead to file an indictment of a top Nigerian Security Officer.

“That the FBI might have breached another fundamental criminal justice procedure by not according Mr Kyari the benefit of being heard before going ahead with the purported indictment by an American Court in the US for an offence purportedly committed in Nigeria, triable under Nigerian laws, by Nigerian courts and on Nigerian land.

“A breach of decorum and negligence of procedure might have also occurred when the FBI hurriedly published the purported indictment online without first intimating the Nigerian authorities.

“The Roundtable also raised questions on the apparent haste with which Kyari was suspended and an immediate substantive replacement named by the Nigerian police authorities, an outright breach of Mr Kyari’s fundamental right to fair hearing by both the FBI and the Nigerian police authorities by not allowing him the benefit of being heard before the hasty actions against him.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.