The Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
The suspension was contained in a statement issued by Ikechukwu Ani, spokesman of the commission.
“Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.”
“The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
“The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave,” the statement read.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, had recommended the immediate suspension of a super cop and Deputy Commission of Police, Abba Kyari, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.
Kyari, an officer who is highly revered by colleagues in the Force and celebrated by members of the general public, was fingered in a bribery scandal involving Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Earlier, the United States District Court for the Central District of California said alleged international fraudster, Hushpuppi used Kyari to arrest and jail a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent.
According to a communique from the court, the arrest was made after Vincent threatened to expose a $1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
Disturbed by the development, the police chief ordered an “internal review of the allegations” against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by a United States Court.
Two days after, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the IGP’s directive is pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation of the embattled senior officer.
“The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force,” the statement partly read.
According to the police boss, the suspension is to “create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.