Abba Kyari’s extradition
The federal government’s extradition procedures against Abba Kyari, which sought the court’s authority to hand him over to the US government, were halted on Wednesday.
The judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Inyang Ekwo, had to adjourn the hearing due to Mr Kyari’s legal team’s accusations of non-service.
The federal government’s lawyer from the Attorney-Office, General’s Pius Akuta, notified the judge earlier on Wednesday that the matter was for a “preliminary hearing.”
Mr Kyari’s lawyer, Nureni Jimoh, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), told the court that he had not been served with the government’s relevant files.
Mr. Akuta then promised to provide the defence with the required court documents within two days.
The case was subsequently postponed until April 27th, with the judge ordering Mr Kyari’s lawyer to react to the government’s filing within 14 days of receiving it.
Following a request from US authorities, the AGF office filed an extradition case against Mr Kyari, a suspended deputy commissioner of police and former head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
The US government is looking for Mr Kyari in connection with pending fraud allegations filed against him and others in the Central District Court of California.
Prosecutors in the United States accuse him of being a co-conspirator in a $1.1 million worldwide fraud orchestrated by Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, a former Nigerian Instagram sensation who is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the scheme and other financial crimes.
Mr Kyari was implicated by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in a 25kg cocaine trade earlier this year while on suspension for his role in the Hushpuppi case.
The NDLEA has remanded the formerly famous police officer and four members of his former police unit in detention.
However, two other individuals have pleaded guilty to smuggling the illegal substance into Nigeria through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu in January.
The bail motion filed by Mr Kyari and others was heard by Judge Emeka Nwite, also of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on March 14, 2022.
The judge postponed the hearing until March 28.