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Alleged Link to Hushpuppi: Police Service Commission Suspends Abba Kyari

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Following the indictment of Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for bribery allegation, the Police Service Commission has suspended him from the Force.

This came a few hours after the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, recommended the “immediate suspension” of Kyari, from the Nigeria Police Force.

The police commission said Kyari’s suspension took effect on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

The statement titled, ‘FBI indictment: PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, directs IGP to furnish it with information on further developments’, was signed by the commission’s Head, Press, and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Sunday.

The statement read, “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.

“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 action.

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters has reported how popular critic, Farooq Kperogi quoted a resident of Maiduguri the Borno State capital of describing DCP Abba Kyari as a billionaire and was currently building a mansion on Jemina Road of Damboa.

Aresident of Borno state has said that Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari who is being investigated for the extent of his connection with suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, sells cars he seizes from kidnappers and armed robbers in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The resident in a private message to the Nigerian academic and media scholar, Farooq Kperogi also claimed Kyari has enriched himself through proceeds of corruption.

According to the anonymous resident, Kyari is not a millionaire but a billionaire, who has more than 20 properties in a posh area in his state, Borno.

Kperogi said: “Na wa o. This is what someone from Maiduguri sent to my inbox in response to my column. It is unedited and unverified but interesting nonetheless: ‘Everyone in Maiduguri knew that Kyari is extremely rich, he gives out cars, monies and sells those he seized from the kidnappers and armed robbers at some selected car stands in Maiduguri and Abuja, as at now he’s building a big plaza along Gombole Road near Giwa Barracks and bought the neighbouring plaza.

‘There’s sign post he stood and snapped a picture where street was name after him, that’s New GRA or Bama GRA he has more 20 properties there!

‘You can independently find out from those who knows him, he has properties to his named in lagos, abuja etc, I call him super rich, he surpasses IGP Kamseleem.

‘What those kidnappers were saying is very true, I developed interest on what he’s doing when I read Evans interview where he said what Abba and his team took from his house was far beyond what they declared….he’s not a millionaire but billionaire.

‘He moves in convoys when in Maiduguri and brazenly go round his properties.’”

SaharaReporters had reported how Kperogi also quoted a resident of Borno saying Kyari was building a mansion on Jemina Road of Damboa, with its gate made of glass and steel.

The resident alleged that the police chief offered N70 million to a neighbour who has a house behind his mansion “so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion.”

“Good evening Prof. Just reading your post on the Abba Kyari saga. It didn’t come to me as a surprise. Kyari is so super rich for the job he does. He is building a mansion on Jemina road of Damboa, that house is something else. It is the first gigantic double-gated house I’m seeing in Maiduguri, the gate is made of glass and steel.

“He wanted paying (sic) of a neighbour who has a house behind him 70 million naira so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion. And with a couple of people who have told stories implicating him, and them being shut up, it doesn’t come as a surprise at all,” Kperogi quoted the Borno resident as saying.

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended the immediate suspension of Kyari, who is also the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the investigation of fraud allegations against him.

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 United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering.

Hushpuppi has since pleaded guilty to the charges and, if convicted, risks a 20-year-jail term, three-year supervision upon completion of jail term and monetary restitution to the tune of $500,000 or more.

US court documents also outlined a dispute Hushpuppi had with a member of his gang, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.

According to the affidavit, “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.

“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this report regarding the economic status of DCP Abba Kyari has not been verified by SunriseNigeria and should not be ascribed to it.

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Two Superintendents of Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Impersonation, Extortion of Victims

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The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrested of three of its senior officers for alleged abduction and extortion of N4,200,000 from two residents of Aba, Abia State.

In a police signal exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, the erring policemen were also accused of impersonating officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The officers attached to Rivers State Police Command were said to have left Port Harcourt to Aba, where they whisked away two men, Kalu Ibe Nnana and Uwaka Anthony Ifeanyi.

The victims were threatened by the policemen who claimed they were arrested in connection with an ongoing fraudulent investigation, the signal read.They were subsequently forced to cough up N4.2million in Delta State before they were moved to Lagos State.

The erring officers are identified as ASP Daubara Edonyabo, ASP Talent Mungo, both attached to the Intelligence/Surveying unit of the Rivers State command.
An Inspector attached to the command sport unit, Odey Micheal was also indicted.

The signal read, “GOOD EVENING SIR X SITREP X RIVERS COMMAND X DATED 18/01/2024 X ARREST OF MEMBERS OF THE FORCE FOR ALLEGED ABDUCTION AND EXTORTION X GRATEFUL BE INFORMED THAT X ON 17/01/2024 AT ABOUT 0900HRS X ONE KALU IBE NNANA ‘M’ AND UWAKA ANTHONY IFEANYI ‘M’ X RESIDENTS OF ABA X ABIA STATE X REPORTED AT INTELLIGENCE AND SURVEILLANCE UNIT MINE X ALLEGING THAT ON 15/01/2024 AT ABOUT 2000HRS X WHILE AT ECKO FILLING STATION ALONG ABA/OWERRI ROAD X ABIA STATE X THEY WERE ABDUCTED BY FIVE UNKNOWN PERSONS X WHO CLAIMED TO BE OFFICERS X AND FLASHED EFCC ID CARDS X STATING THEY WERE EFCC OPERATIVES X THE VICTIMS WERE THREATENED TO BE TAKEN TO THE LAGOS ZONAL OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION X EN ROUTE TO LAGOS STATE.

“AT DELTA STATE X NEGOTIATIONS COMMENCED X AND THE VICTIMS PAID A TOTAL OF FOUR MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND NAIRA (N4,200,000.00) THROUGH TRANSFER X SUBSEQUENTLY X ON 16/01/2024 AT ABOUT 1500HRS X CONFIRMATION OF THE TRANSFER WAS MADE X AND THE VICTIMS WERE RELEASED IN PORT HARCOURT X RIVERS STATE X SPECIFICALLY IN THE GRA AREA X IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT X A TEAM OF DETECTIVES LED BY THE COMMANDER OF THE UNIT X IMMEDIATELY COMMENCED INVESTIGATIONS X RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF ASP DOUBARA EDONYABO ‘M’ X ASP TALENT MUNGO ‘M’ X BOTH ATTACHED TO INTELLIGENCE/SURVEILLANCE UNIT X AND INSPR ODEY MICHAEL ‘M’ X ATTACHED TO SPORT X PORT HARCOURT X THE SUSPECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN DETENTION FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION X QUERIES WILL BE ISSUED TO THE ARRESTED OFFICERS X AND INSPR ODEY MICHAEL ‘M’ WILL BE SUBJECT TO AN ORDERLY ROOM TRIAL X THE COMMAND WILL PROVIDE FURTHER UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS OF THE INVESTIGATION X PLEASE X DECOMPOL RVS X.”

In June 2023 a Nigerian man by the Twitter name Alilmoonn called on Nigerians and the Nigerian Police Force to come to his aid after some officers around second rainbow area of Lagos harassed him and took N100,000 from his account using a POS machine.

The victim who shared the transaction receipt said he was arrested with no offense, seeing that he is using iphone 13, the Police officer tagged him a fraudster and asked to pay 200,000 or he will be handed over to the EFCC.

“The police men found nothing, the other one asked me to come down and meet their boss, I did and the boss asked me to enter inside the car they’re using to patrol, they carried me and said they want to report me to the EFCC, I’m a barber by profession, I have my certificate.”

The Victim said he was on his way returning from the Federal Registry at Ikoyi with an Uber, when the four heavily armed Police men stopped him.

“In my life I have never been this scared, Nigeria is so scared, I was abused today by the Nigerian police men? They were 4 men plus the driver, I was coming back from the federal registry at ikoyi, this men stop my Uber drive and asked him to open his boot, he did.”

I’m innocent, this men pressed me to the extent I couldn’t breathe and I was begging them so I can take air they refused, they said I’m using an iPhone 14 pro max, I’m into fraud, I swear on my life I have never done anything like that in my life!

“The police men said I should pay them 2 million naira, firstly they took my phone from me, I can’t even reach my mom or family, I told them that I don’t have up to that amount they’re requesting and I pleaded for them to stop but they never listened!!! It’s so sad Nigeria.

So the man checked my UBA balance and found out I didn’t have such amount and told them to collect 100k from me, I did nothing, they didn’t see any fraud activity in my phone, the man said if I didn’t pay they will beat me or take me to the EFCC and lock me up.

I was begging, I told them it’s my hard earn money Nigeria is hard and this men still making it unbearable for us it’s very sad they took the 100k from my bank, I couldn’t take pictures of the police because they’re with my phones.

I can’t breathe!!!! Your men did this to me today!! One of them even cock a gun, they’re after the money but not my safety, all thanks to God because I don’t even know what my mom would do without me at that stage I was thinking if I’m going to see my mom and family again

I only have the picture from the POS slips.. these men are in second rainbow Lagos State.

These men brutalized me and took 100k from me! I’m not an internet fraud, I have a job I provide for myself and family.

I need my 100k back @PoliceNG.”

Report by Sahara Reporters

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For Plotting to assassinate Benue Speaker, Dajoh, Police Nabs LG Chairman, One Other

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The Police have arrested two suspects, including a local government chairman over an alleged plot to assassinate the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Aondona Hycenth Dajoh.

This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.

According to the statement, investigations showed that the LG chairman had allegedly reached out to a militia to eliminate Dajoh.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the Local Government Chairman allegedly contracted a militia with the sinister intention of eliminating the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Aondona Hycenth Dajoh,” the statement read.

He added that, “The operatives of the Force Intelligence Department – Intelligence Response Team (FID-IRT) swiftly swung into action upon receiving credible intelligence regarding the planned assassination.

“Both suspects are currently in police custody and are actively cooperating with investigators in the ongoing inquiry.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains resolute in its commitment to upholding the safety and security of citizens and public officials.”

He assured that both suspects would face the full weight of the law.

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NDLEA Arraigns SAHCO Manager, 7 Staff For Aiding Drug Trafficking

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An Assistant General Manager of Skyway Handling Company (SAHCO), Olajide Ahmed Kafidipe, and seven other staff of the company, were today, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on charges bordering of conspiracy, unlawful importation and possession of 1, 440.90 kilograms of Tramadol.

Olajide and others were arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The seven staff of the company arraigned alongside Olajide were; Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele; Musa Mutalib Opeyemi; Sanamo Alla Daniel; Anuge Evans Isibor; Mahmud Agboola Musa; Udeh Felix and Obinna Henry.

The prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, while arraigning the SAHCO staff, told the court that all the defendants conspired with the trio of Mubarak Sarki Salami, Abdullahi Aliyu a.k.a Aboki and Anwal Monday, who also staff of the company but now at large, to commit the offences on or about October 25, 2023.

The prosecutor, Mr. Ibrahim further told the court that the Assistant General Manager of SAHCO, Olajide and other staff of the company, conspired amongst yourself to transport 1, 440.90 kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic, from SAHCO Import Shed.

The prosecutor also told the court that the SAHCO’s Assistant General Manager, Olajide, conspired with Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, and procured one Lawal Itunu Temitope, to transport the prohibited substance from SAHCO Import Shed in a Mercedes Benz Bus with Registration Number LAGOS MUS 269 YC, belonging to Platinum Pacific International Limited.

He further informed the court that another staff of SAHCO, Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, unlawfully possessed the said 1, 440. 90 kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic Analgesic.

The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the defendants, contravened sections 14 (b), 21 (2)(d) and 20 (1)(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And punishable under sections 11 (b) and 20 (2)(b) of the same Act.

All the defendants denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following their not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand them in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till the hearing and determination of the charge.

However, lawyers to the defendants, told the court that they have filed their clients’ bail application except that of the Assistant General Manager, Kafidipe Ahmed Olajide and Obinna Henry.

The lawyer therefore asked the court for a short date, to enable them file the bail applications for the duo.

With the development, the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, urged the court to remand all the defendants in NCoS’ custody till when the court will hear their bail applications.

But the trial judge, Justice Dipeolu, in his reasoning, order the operatives of the NDLEA to call their Airport Commander, to allow the defendants to be remanded in their custody till tomorrow, January 17, when their bail applications will be heard and determined.

Upon the complied with the court’s directive, which was granted by the Commander, the court ordered the remand of all the defendants in NDLEA till tomorrow, while adjourned to January 24, 2024, for the commencement of their trial.
Source: Ontimenews.com

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