United States prosecutors have accused disgraced and suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, of evading justice.
Officials who are prosecuting the super-cop on behalf of the Federal Bereau of Investigation (FBI) said they would proceed with the trial of three other co-conspirators in the international wire fraud and money laundering case that will commence in October and may last until May 2022.
“Defendants Abdulrahman Imraam Juma, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, and Abba Alhaji Kyari remain at large,” Tracy Wilkinson, a top American prosecutor in charge of the trial, told the trial Judge Otis Wright in a process filed on September 24, 2021, and seen by Peoples Gazette.
The prosecutors and the defence attorneys have agreed to proceed with the trial of Motunrayo Fashola, Bolatito Agbabiaka and Yusuf Anifowoshe, the three co-conspirators already arrested and released on bail.
It would be recalled Kyari was indicted by the United States over his alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by an Instagram influencer, Hushpuppi and four others; Abdulrahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (Bolamide).
A probe panel set up by the police to investigate allegations levelled against him by the US FBI had submitted it’s reports to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.
Findings reveal that the probe panel headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike had established that there was communication between Kyari and Hushpuppi.
But the Nigerian government has insisted that the decision to extradite or punish Kyari rest on President Muhammadu Buhari.