Deji Adeyanju, a popular social activist, has urged Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to save the force’s reputation by immediately sacking Abba Kyari, the Head of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), over his indictment in the case concerning the infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi.
Adeyanju, the leader of the advocacy group, Concerned Nigerians, made the call in an interview on Friday.
A court in the United States of America has issued a warrant of arrest for Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nigeria, over alleged links in facilitating the operations of Hushpuppi, who is currently facing trial in the US 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 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.
Reacting to the development, Adeyanju described the indictment as “a huge embarrassment” for Nigeria.
The activist called on IGP Baba act to act immediately and preserve the integrity of the force by dismissing Kyari and ordering an investigation into the allegations levelled against him.
“It is a huge embarrassment for the country. This has further damaged the reputation of the Nigerian Police — the reputation that they have been struggling and battling with for years. It shows that the Nigerian Police is an enabler of fraud, corruption,” Adeyanju told the Punch.
“The Inspector-General of Police must quickly rise to the occasion by sacking Abba Kyari immediately and handing him over to Interpol so that he can go and face trial in the United States of America.
“Actions like this have consequences and we must not support bad behaviour. This is why the Inspector General of Police and the entire Nigeria Police Force must wash their hands clean of the Abba Kyari issue so as to save the image and reputation of the Nigeria Police Force.”
But Kyari, popularly known as “super cop” because of his resourcefulness in leading his team to bust criminals, denied ever collected money from Hushpuppi, in a Facebook post on Thursday.
According to him, 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.