Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari Pleads with Court to not OK his Extradition to US

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Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari Pleads with Court to not OK his Extradition to US

The detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to refuse his extradition to the United States of America, USA, to stand trial for his alleged involvement with Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, a notorious internet fraudster.

Kyari, who is currently incarcerated on drug-related charges, claimed in new court documents that the plan to send him to the United States for prosecution was intended to punish him.

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The embattled DCP told the court that his arrest and subsequent detention had a “political undertone,” and that the request to extradite him to the United States was “directed to undermine the Respondent’s crackdown on various crime gangs in Nigeria and internationally.”

In a counter-affidavit signed by his younger brother, Mohammed, Kyari stated that all of the charges levelled against him are not extraditable offences.

“I know for a fact that the specified offences are of a political nature and were in fact made for the purpose of prosecuting and punishing the Respondent on the basis of his race, nationality, and was not made in good faith nor in the interest of Justice,” the deponent stated.

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Before he was framed up and arrested, Kyari told the court that he was a highly decorated senior police officer who was already conducting a “sting investigation” on Ramon Olorunwa Abbas or Abdulraman Imraan Juma, also known as Hushpuppi.

“A copy of the Respondent’s letter to Interpol on January 28, 2020, and to the Inspector General of Police on March 3, 2020, in relation to the sting investigation being conducted by the Respondent, is herewith attached as Exhibits 1a and 1b, respectively.” This was five months prior to the FBI’s arrest of Ramon Abbas and others.

“There is no document or verifiable evidence to support the extradition request.”

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“The request has a political undertone and is intended to undermine the Respondent’s crackdown on various crime gangs in Nigeria and internationally.”

“The request is for the purpose of persecuting or punishing the Respondent for his country’s defence.”

Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari Pleads with Court to not OK his Extradition to US

“The Respondent is facing a slew of charges designed to break him down as a result of his accomplishments and various national honours. As Exhibit 2, a copy of the charge filed by the NDLEA against the Respondent is attached.

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“The charges are false, and the Respondent is serious about defending himself.”

“The extradition application clearly demonstrates allegations of crimes committed on Nigerian soil.” As Exhibit 3, a copy of the alleged charge levelled against the Respondent by the US Government is attached.

“On the same matter, the Respondent has been subjected to an administrative inquiry that is still ongoing and has not been completed to date.”

“The Respondent is a Nigerian Police Deputy Commissioner of Police who has been highly decorated with meritorious service/excellent awards for outstanding service to the country and has nowhere to turn.”

“The US authorities have also decorated the Respondent.”

“Given all of the circumstances, surrendering the Respondent to the United States would be unjust, oppressive, and improper.”

“We also contend that the alleged extradition offences are not listed and thus cannot be added to it.” Any offence that is listed in the Extradition Treaty and has a similar or analogous offence in Nigeria qualifies as an extradition offence.

“This test has been failed in this case. We will rely on the Treaty List. In addition, the Respondent is facing a criminal trial in FHC/ABJ/CR/57/2022, which the Applicant failed to disclose.

“Finally, the Respondent contends that the Applicant’s request concealed the Respondent’s ongoing criminal proceedings, and it will demonstrate that, on the merits, this application is deserving of being dismissed and the Respondent to be discharged accordingly for the foregoing and other reasons herein,” he added.

Kyari told the court that he was awarded a Presidential medal for courage on April 1, 2016, “three times IGP Commendation for Courage for years 2012, 2013 and 2014, two times recipient of NPF Gold Medal, three times Governor’s Commendation Medal for Courage & Excellence by the Lagos State Government for years 2011, 2012 and 2013, Award for Outstanding Service to the Nation by the National Assembly (House of Representatives) for years 2011, 2012 and 2013, Award for Outstanding Service to the Nation by the National Assembly (House of

“The Respondent has been assigned to several national assignments and has made numerous enemies as a result of his assignments.

Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari Pleads with Court to not OK his Extradition to US

The counter affidavit continued, “The respondent has received several international awards and honours, including a Commendation Award from the FBI for rescuing Americans kidnapped in Nigeria, arresting the kidnappers, and arresting the murderers of a serving American soldier killed in Imo state.”

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In an affidavit deposed to by one Bello Abubakar Sholadoye, the Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, said it has sufficient evidence to warrant Kyari’s extradition to the United States for trial.

The AGF’s office “was in receipt of an Extradition Request via a diplomatic channel for the extradition of the Respondent fugitive wanted to stand trial in the United States,” it told the court.

“That the AGF is satisfied that the extradition application is not barred.”

The FG argued that Kyari’s ongoing drug trafficking trial would not prevent the court from approving his extradition, and that the AGF could postpone his surrender to the US government until the conclusion of his trial in Nigeria.

“In conclusion, this Honourable Court is respectfully urged to resolve that the Applicant has presented sufficient material before this Honourable Court to grant the application for extradition order and the extradition of the fugitive, as well as his remand to await the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation’s Surrender Order at determination of the criminal charge against him,” FG said.

In the meantime, Justice Inyang Ekwo has postponed the case until Friday to allow FG’s lawyer, Mr. Pius Akutah, to respond to Kyari’s preliminary objection to his planned extradition.

The court stated that both the objection and the substantive suit would be considered together.

Kyari is wanted in the United States on charges of wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering, and identity theft.

A grand jury indicted him on April 29, 2021, with the approval of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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