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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Hushpuppi: United States Set To Receive Kyari As FG Okays His Extradition

             •Hushpuppi, accomplice & Kyari


The Daily Crucible | Thursday, March 3, 2022

By Jane Okafor, Abuja

United States of America appeared set and enthusiastic to receive Nigerian super cop, Abba Kyari, for prosecution in connection with alleged wire fraud running into millions of US dollars.

Kyari was accused of conspiring with flamboyant and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Nigerian, Ramon Abbas, popularly called Hushpuppi to commit the crime.

The United States and Nigeria have extradition treaties dating back to December 22, 1931 and consolidated in June 24, 1935. It is not clear how many people have been extradited to the United States from Nigeria or vice - versa since the treaties came into force.

Crimes which may be subject to extradition include murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism, grave sexual offences, embezzlement, treason, wire fraud and  espionage. 

The Daily Crucible recalls that same United States through her embassy requested for the extradition of Senator Buruji Kashamu for trial in the U.S., but the Senator, until his death following complications arising from Coronavirus infection, stoutly fought and used power of the judiciary both to frustrate and stop the Federal Government and that of  the United States from bundling him to America for prosecution.

Will the embattled Abba Kyari take that route? 

But the Federal Government on Thursday approved the request by the United States of America, for suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, to be extradited over the $1.1million wire fraud perpetrated by Abass Ramon aka Hushpuppi and 4 others

Government’s approval was made known by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) when he filed an application before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for Kyari’s extradition.

The application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022 was filed under the Extradition Act.

The AGF said the application followed a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.

The request is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment”

The AGF said he was satisfied that the offence in respect of which Kyari’s surrender is not political nor is it trivial.

The AGF also expressed satisfaction that the request for the surrender of Kyari was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions but in good faith and the interest of justice.

He said Kyari, “if surrendered, will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions”.

The AGF said having regard to all the circumstances in which the offence was committed, it will not be unjust or oppressive, or be too severe a punishment, to surrender him.

Malami said he was also satisfied that Kyari has been accused of the offence for which his surrender is sought.

He noted that there was no criminal proceeding pending against Kyari in Nigeria for the same offence.

In April 2021, a jury filed an indictment against Kyari with the approval of the U.S. District Court and demanded Kyari stand trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

Consequently, the US Embassy requested for Kyari’s extradition saying, “On April 29, 2021, based on the indictment filed by the grand jury and with the approval of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a deputy clerk of the court issued a warrant of arrest for Kyari.

“The arrest warrant remains valid and executable to apprehend Kyari for the crimes with which he is charged in the indictment.

“Kyari is wanted to stand trial in the United States for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and identity theft.

“Kyari is the subject of an indictment in case Number 2:21-cr-00203 (also referred to as 2:21-MJ-00760 and 2:21-CR-00203-RGK), filed April 29, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.”

Kyari was accused of conspiring with a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Nigerian, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi to commit the crime.

The charges against Kyari reads, “Count one: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years;

“Count two: Conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1956(h), carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

“Count three: Aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting that offence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1) and 2(a), carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of two years.

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