The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Inspector-General of Police to conduct a forensic investigation over the allegations and reported indictment of Abba Kyari, head of IGP Intelligence Response Team, over his purported links to to alleged international fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The PDP made the demand in a statement signed by Kola Ologbodiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Thursday.
According to the main opposition party, the allegations against Kyari is “worrisome, disturbing and a stain on the integrity of our nation”.
The statement read: “The PDP asks President Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police to take in Abba Kyari for questioning and if found culpable, should be handed over to the FBI.
“It is indeed disquieting that the integrity of our nation has fallen so abysmally low under the corrupt and fraud-patronizing President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, administration, to the extent that the head of its police intelligence unit is being charged in connection with international fraud.
“Our party demands that the APC administration should not sweep this matter under the carpet given the manifest rapport between Kyari and some top APC leaders.
“We urge President Buhari not to ‘ease out’ this case of corruption but should immediately restore the integrity and image of our nation by allowing for a forensic investigation on the suspect.
“Moreover, if this Abba Kyari matter is not well handled, it will be a permanent stain on the reputation of our police, security system and our nation at large.”
Hushpuppi told US officials that he reportedly paid off Kyari to arrest a colleague of his, Chibuzo Vincent, with whom he had a dispute following a fraudulent business deal with a Qatari businessman.
According to the court document, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest the leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team on February 12, 2021. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.
Kyari, the leader of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team (IRT), however, debunked the allegations in a statement on Thursday.
The police officer, popularly known as “super cop” because of his resourcefulness in leading his team to bust criminals, denied ever collected money from Hushpuppi, saying it was the fraudster who raised a false alarm in a distress message sent to his office to have his associate (Vincent) arrested because of a threat to life.