September 26, 2022

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the Federal Government’s application to extradite suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari to the United States of America.

Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit filed by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on the grounds that it was incompetent, lacked merit, and was brought in bad faith.

Justice Ekwo insisted that the current administration has no reason to file the extradition request after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency filed a case against the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The Federal Government filed extradition charges against Kyari in order to facilitate his extradition to the United States to answer fraud allegations.

Kyari is wanted in the United States on suspicion of wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.

On April 29, 2021, a grand jury indicted Kyari with the approval of the US District Court for the Central District of California, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari in a $1.1 million fraud involving an Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi, in July 2021.

A month later, Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, received the report of a panel formed to investigate the officer’s allegations.

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