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Nigeria And US Govt Are Discussing Extradition Of Abba Kyari – AGF Abubakar Malami

Suspended head of police Intelligence Response Team, DSP Abba Kyari might be extradited to United States to face trial over his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by alleged international Internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi and five others.

This was disclosed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as he revealed that the United States Government and the Nigerian Government are discussing his possible extradition.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV on Monday evening February 7, Malami said reasonable grounds for suspicion have been established against Kyari.

He said:

“It is an issue that has international and national dimensions. Actions have been taken. It is a work-in-process locally and internationally and we are doing whatever it takes to ensure justice is done within the context of the law regardless of the personalities that are involved.

When criminality is involved, Nigeria and US naturally work together when there are elements of the offences that have taken place in the diverse jurisdictions.

So, Nigeria is doing the needful by way of supporting what America is doing for the purpose of ensuring that the cases are tried accordingly within the context of the American context of it. And then, eventually, if there is need for local prosecution, nothing stops it.”

Commenting on the probe of Kyari, the AGF said

“There are a lot of issues that are ongoing inclusive of the possibility of consideration for extradition. That is where the collaboration element of it comes into play.”

Asked if a request for Kyari’s extradition had been made by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said;

“There could be a need or perhaps the possibility of making such request. As far as I am concerned, the parties are discussing, the parties are collaborating, there are exchanges of correspondence from the perspective of investigation, from the perspective of extradition, and associated things.

Reasonable grounds for suspicion have been established and that will eventually translate to the possibility of prosecution and conviction if indeed one is adjudged guilty by the law.”

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