Disgraced Abba Kyari’s brother received N279m from Hushpuppi, others – Police report

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Police investigations have shown how members of a syndicate run by international con artist Ramon Abass, also known as Hushpuppi, paid N235, 120, 000 to the younger brother of a former Intelligence Response Team Commander, .

Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is also suspected of funneling N44 million to his brother’s bank account in repeated transactions, according to the investigation.

However, the investigative report received by our correspondent on Monday did not reveal if Kyari’s brother was working as a proxy for his beleaguered elder brother, who is currently in NDLEA detention.

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The DCP, who was suspended by the police in July for alleged ties to Hushpuppi, is accused of attempting to sell part of the cocaine confiscated from drug dealers in Enugu while on suspension.

According to the investigation report presented to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the cyber scam gang members Efe Martins (lead coordinator), Sikiru Adekoya, Usman Ibrahim, and Hussaini Ala transferred a total of N279.120m to the younger Kyari’s bank account at various times.

“Sikiru Adekoya has received money from Hushpuppi and Efe on numerous occasions and has also sent money to Usman Ibrahim,” it said. Adekoya subsequently admitted to receiving various sums of money through transfers into his GTBank account after initially denying having any financial transactions with both Hushpuppi and Efe Martins.

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He, on the other hand, was unable to provide credible explanations for the amounts and what he did with them. Efe Martins, the lead coordinator of the Hushpuppi Internet fraud syndicate, has transferred various sums of money to Sikiru Adekoya, Usman Waziri Ibrahim, and Hussaini Ala through his company, Efe Martins Integrated Concept Ltd., at various times.

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“A junior brother of DCP Kyari is a main beneficiary of cash from Hussaini Ala’s Zenith Bank account, from which he received various sums totaling N218, 120, 000 at various periods.” DCP Abba Kyari also gave him N44 million in a series of transactions.”

He was brought into jail by the NDLEA alongside four officers after he was indicted for dealing in drugs by the police.

Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agrigba, and John Nuhu are among his accomplices. Another officer, ASP John Umoru, is alleged to be at large.

Surprisingly, the Special Investigation Panel that prepared the report did not summon or question Kyari’s brother regarding the large quantities of money that the fraud syndicate and the DCP paid into his bank account.

The Force Disciplinary Committee, which reviewed the SIP investigation report and made recommendations, indicted Kyari for violating the Nigeria Police Force’s social media policy by responding to the Federal Bureau of Intelligence’s indictment on his Facebook page without following established procedures.

Kyari is accused of mixing up with shady persons and breaking police professional standards, according to the committee.

The committee punished Kyari by reducing his rank from DCP to ACP, stating that “the evidence of (N8mn) bribe is circumstantial in that the bribe was not paid into the officer’s account nor was any proceeds of the bribe traced by the panel much less linking the officer to any such proceeds.”

The FDC added that “there were records of various funds transfers totaling N17m which originated from Efe Martins into the accounts of Usman Waziri, Hussaini Ala, and brother to DCP Kyari,” but that “there was no evidence of direct fund transfer from either Hushpuppi or Efe into any of Kyari’s accounts.”

 

Meanwhile, as directed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the force has ramped up its investigation into Kyari’s ties to criminal organizations and alleged involvement in money laundering (SAN).

According to Malami’s legal advice to the police leadership, a prima facie case of money laundering against the former IRT commander had been established.

The advice read in part, “That there exists a prima facie case of conspiracy, collaboration, receipt, conversion, transfer and/or retention of proceeds of unlawful activities contrary to the provision of Section 15, 17 & 18 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and Section 17 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Est) Act, Cap EI Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 against DCP Abba Kyari and other suspects in view of the overwhelming evidence showing the nature of his disguised financial transactions and activities with Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waztiri, Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala and Sharon Festus who are all confirmed members of international internet fraud network.

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“Although the facts and circumstances of this case, as detailed in the case fire, point to money laundering charges being brought against DCP Abba Kyari and his accomplices, namely Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waziri, Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala, and Sharon Festus, a more thorough dissection and tracing of the suspected 33 proceeds of crime received by DCP Abba Kyari directly or indirectly

The AGF also instructed the police to track money movements, withdrawals from numerous accounts linked to Kyari and his alleged accomplices, and the use of cash to buy physical assets and properties in order to clearly show “the disguised nature of the suspected profits of crime.”

The NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the investigation into Kyari’s ties to the narcotics gang was still underway, and that the DCP was being interrogated by investigators.

 

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