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Court denies FG’s request to extradite Abba Kyari to the US

Abba Kyari in court

The Federal Government’s attempt to extradite suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari to the United States of America was dismissed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

As a result of the application’s incompetence, lack of substance, and bad faith, Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the lawsuit brought by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in his decision on Monday.

Justice Ekwo stated that since the trial in the case brought by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency against the troubled Deputy Commissioner of Police had already begun, the current administration had any justification for making the extradition request.

In order to facilitate Kyari’s extradition to the US to respond to fraud allegations, the Federal Government filed the extradition charges against him.

Due to allegations of a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft, Abba Kyari is wanted in the US.

With the permission of the US district court for the Central District of California, a grand jury indicted Abba Kyari on April 29, 2021, and a warrant was then issued for his arrest.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged Kyari in July 2021 in connection with a $1.1 million fraud using Hushpuppi, a well-known Instagram user.

A panel formed to look into the claim against the officer submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, a month later.

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