It is not yet clear whether the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, will accede to the demands of the United States of America (USA)’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hand over Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari to them for his alleged role in the activities of alleged international internet fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abass popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Four agents of the FBI were said to have met with the IGP Thursday, at Force Headquarters, Abuja, following the indictment of Kyari by a US district court in California, which issued a warrant for his arrest over his involvement in Hushpuppi’s multi-billion dollars scams.
The officer, who has carved an image for himself as a fearless crime buster reportedly received bribes from Hushpuppi to arrest and detain in Nigeria, another fraudster that wanted to defraud Hushpuppi.
The FBI agents want to ship Kyari to the US for interrogation over his role in “Hushpuppigate,” especially as concerns the contents of the communications between him and the suspected serial internet fraudster which has been widely publicized. Hushpuppi has already pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
The IGP, on receipt of the indictment of Kyari, had, according to a statement by Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, order an internal review (probe) of the allegations, the outcome of which is not yet known.
It is expected that the outcome of that internal review of the allegations him will determine whether the IGP will release Kyari to the FBI.
Security experts insist, however, that if the contents of the communication between Kyari and Hushpuppi that has been released are anything to go by, he should have questions to answer.
But whether the IGP will, on the strength of the evidence before him want to hand Kyari over to the FBI, even if the allegations are credible, is left to be seen.