A Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja on Monday rejected a suit by the Federal Government of Nigeria to extradite the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to the United States of America (USA).
Newsbreak.ng reports that Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled this morning that the suit filed by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, lacks substance.
The US government had requested for Kyari’s extradition to face trial following his indictment by international fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, who had already been convicted for internet fraud in the country.
On April 29, 2021, a grand jury filed an indictment against Kyari with the approval of the US district court for the Central District of California, after which a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In July 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari in a $1.1 million fraud involving an Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi.
A month later, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, received the report of a panel set up to probe the allegation against the officer.