We’ll Determine Kyari’s Fate-PSC

By Ade-Ade Bosun, Abuja

The Police Service Commission, PSC, the organ responsible for dealing with issues affecting the Nigerian Police, has warned that DCP Abba Kyari risks being offloaded from the force if found culpable over his alleged involvement in Hushpuppi’s $1.1m internet fraud case by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.
The board also disclosed that it will determine the fate of the Commander of the IGP Intel Response and Monitoring Team.
Speaking with newsmen on Friday, PSC’s head of media, Mr Austin Braimoh, disclosed that the PSC will deal with issues arising from the allegations irrespective of the findings of the internal probe instituted by the inspector general on same. According to him, the findings by the PSC will determine the fate of the embattled Kyari.
“The commission won’t say anything until we get the official report. We are the final decision-maker on his fate as a police officer…no other body has power to do anything to him as a police officer. It is only the commission that has such powers.”
Braimoh noted that the commission is waiting for the full report of Kyari’s alleged indictment in order to give it the required official consideration. According to him, Kyari can be offloaded outright from the force, demoted or suspended whatever the case is.
“So, the commission is awaiting the full report of investigation and his indictment and we will treat it officially. We would apply the law. The law will determine the various punishments that we can award against him. He can be dismissed depending on the gravity of the offence. We can demote him, reduce his rank, suspend him.”
Braimoh who insisted that it is not the duty of the police to investigate its own except through the PSC, noted that the commission will follow laid down procedure for unraveling issues like the one under review, adding that it will query Kyari after which he will be interrogated by the Force Disciinary Committee.
“We don’t always believe the police should investigate the police (personnel) except through the commission. But the important thing is that whatever thing they decide to do, we are not obliged to accept their investigations. So, our investigation department would still go further to get the facts.
What we know they would do is that a query would be issued based on the complaints against him. He would be asked to defend himself and then, he would face what we call the Force Disciplinary Committee which would interrogate him and the report is passed to the DIG in charge and from there to the IG.
The IG would basically forward the final findings and recommendations to the commission. The commission would now carry on with their own investigation. We have to re-investigate what they have done to ensure that they comply with the rule of law and what is expected.
Our lawyer would look into it, he would check the facts and if we feel there is negligence and that some things are not done, we would do a thorough job and eventually, we would have recommendations from the standing committee to the plenary for a final decision and our decision is final on his career,” Braimoh reiterated.
Braimoh noted however, that from available facts, Kyari is yet to be criminalized by the US court which, according to him, raises hope at least given that there is need to prove it beyond all reasonable doubts. Kyari, he concludes, would only have to step aside once the allegations against him were established.
“The way we look at it is that the court has given an order that he should be arrested. The court has not criminalised him yet; he has not been convicted. Since, there is little hope, or what you call beyond reasonable doubt, he may be found clean. The issue of stepping aside in Nigeria may be different. The facts of the allegations would be made available to the force, and I’m sure the needful would be done.‘’
The PSC disclosure is coming after confirmed reports revealed the presence of officials of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, are not only in the country but have also had a preliminary meeting with the Inspector General of the police on Thursday.
Though details of the meeting are yet to be disclosed, police sources revealed however, that issues raised are not unconnected with the request for Kyari’s arrest and subsequent extradition to the United States following allegations of his complicity in the Hushpuppi internet fraud case.
“FBI agents met with the IGP yesterday (Thursday) to demand Abba Kyari’s arrest and extradition to the United States citing the urgency of the case. Four FBI agents returned to the IG’s office this morning, they are there asking the IGP to release Kyari for interrogation.”
A Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal complaint lodged at the United States District Court in California had listed Hushpuppi and Kyari, one of Nigeria’s most decorated police officers, among six suspects indicted in the international fraud conspiracy. He is said to have dubious links with Hushpuppi, hence his placement under FBI surveillance radar.
Other suspects include AbdulRahman Juma, Vincent Kelly Chibuzor, Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka.

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