The Nigerian House of Representatives has revealed it might revoke the honour it conferred on embattled police chief and former Commander of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, if he is found guilty of the allegations leveld against him by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
On June 11, 2020, the house of Reps honoured Kyari for his service to the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria following a motion moved by the member representing Chibok Federal Constituency in Borno State, Ahmad Jaha.
The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, recently issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering.
Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty to various charges, including money laundering and fraud, had confessed to using the former leader of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, to jail a fellow Fraudster, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from a Qatari businessperson.
Responding when asked about the honour conferred to Kyari, two months earlier, Benjamin Kalu, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs said Kyari was still innocent until proven guilty.
“The position of our law is that you are innocent until you are proved guilty. It is not the only award that he has. We cannot begin to strip him of his award; he is a suspect at the moment. Lawmakers are not lawbreakers.” Kalu told Punch .
“The constitution says you are innocent until proved guilty. But if at the end of the day, he is convicted, then the House would have a reason to review its position. But at the moment, he is still under investigation.”