The Federal Government has approved the extradition request by the United States of America, for the extradition of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, for prosecution over the $1.1million wire fraud perpetrated by Abass Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi and 4 others. Meanwhile, Abba Kyari is being detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA over his involvement in the 25kg Cocaine International narcotics fraud.
The government’s approval was made known by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami through a press statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Umar Gwandu on Thursday, March 3, 2022. The Minister has gone ahead to filed an application before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for Kyari’s extradition.
The AGF said he was satisfied that the offence in respect of which Kyari’s request for extradition is not political nor is it trivial and was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions, but in good faith and the interest of justice.
In April 2021, a jury filed an indictment against Kyari with the approval of the U.S. District Court and demanded Kyari stand trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.
Consequently, the US Embassy requested for Kyari’s extradition based on the indictment filed by the grand jury and with the approval of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on April 29, 2021.