By Henry Iheanacho
Emerging report suggests that Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on Friday assembled a team of lawyers to fight off his looming arrest and extradition by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) to the United States.
According to SaharaReporters, Kyari is also lobbying the Nigeria Police Force starting with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, and threatening to expose other top police officers who have benefitted from his largesse, should he be handed over to the FBI and extradited.
A top source disclosed to SaharaReporters that embattled officer, whose links with suspected cyber fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, were becoming too evident to deny, warned that he would expose the “dirty jobs” he had done for past and present Inspector-Generals of Police as well as some political elites in the country, if they did nothing to stop his extradition.
“There was a stormy meeting on Friday at the Inspector-General of Police’s office between the IGP and police authorities and the FBI agents. Kyari on his part is threatening that many senior officers benefited from his ‘generosity’ and if he’s betrayed, he would expose them.
“He’s now got a team of lawyers. Abba Kyari is still being assured by the police hierarchy that he would not be extradited to the US. He has warned that if he is extradited, the current and past IGPs and members of the political elites he provided support for and assisted for dirty jobs will all be exposed,” the source said.
The US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against DCP Kyari for his alleged links to Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for internet fraud and money laundering.
The Inspector-General of Police also ordered an internal review of the allegations against Kyari.