The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said it will conduct an investigation into the allegation of bribery levelled against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, by the indicted fraudster Abbas Ramon, aka Hushpuppi.
The PSC said it would conduct its own investigation separate from that ordered by Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, because there are suspicions that some persons within the force are not favourably disposed to Kyari’s high profile status achieved through his crime-busting investigations and arrests, the Vanguard quoted a source as saying.
The newspaper quoted the source as saying that the PSC would carry out independent investigations irrespective of the findings of the Police on the allegations against Kyari.
“Even though the IGP as the operational authority has the right to investigate any allegations against any of his officers, the final decision on punishment or discipline rests with the Police Service Commission.
“Yes, it is true that we will wait for the full report of the investigation and it will be treated officially by the commission in accordance with the law. The law has specific punishment for such offences if proven and they include dismissal, demotion, reduction in rank and suspension, as the case may be,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying.
In the police structure, cases of alleged misdemeanour against Police officers are investigated by the Force Disciplinary Committee headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration, who is the most senior Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) at Force headquarters.
Upon concluding with the investigation, the police send their findings to the PSC, whose own investigations department sits and vets, for final decision.
A court in the United States of America has issued a warrant of arrest for Kyari, the Head of the Inspector-General of Police’ Intelligence Response Team (IRT), over alleged links in facilitating the operations of Hushpuppi, who has been indicted in a US court over internet fraud.
Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States to explain his role in the case.
Hushpuppi, in recently released court documents, told US officials that he 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.