<SUNBIGHT>~Nigeria~Nkwo~16th February,2022 @ 15:57 WAT
Report by Madukwe Nnochironye [Abuja]
SUSPENDED deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, has accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) for his travails.
He made the claim when he appeared before the probe panel chaired by Joseph Egbunike, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Kyari’s claim was contained in a report submitted by the panel to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, which was in turn forwarded to the Police Service Commission (PSC).
He was quoted to have said: “It is a campaign to smear his reputation by members of IPOB/ESN who vowed to destroy him, due to his onslaught against them in the South East.”
It was reported that the panel faulted Kyari’s claim, saying it is watery and recommended his demotion from the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Recall that in July 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Kyari of conspiring with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, in a $1.1 million scam.
Meanwhile, while the Nigerian Minister of Justice is stalling on the extradition of the embattled senior police officer.
On Monday February 14, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) exposed Kyari and declares him wanted “over his involvement in a 25kg cocaine deal”, which prompted the Police Headquarters to effect his arrest and then transferred him to the custody of the NDLEA.
In a meeting held on Thursday,February 10, the Police Service Commission decided to set up another panel to investigate the allegation made against DCP Kyari in regard to the $1 million scam masterminded by Hushpuppi.
The new panel of investigation has being directed to finalise and present its reports in two weeks.■