Hushpuppi: PSC gets report, Kyari may face disciplinary panel

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has forwarded the Special Investigation Panel's SIP's, report on suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari’s alleged roles in the $1.1m fraud perpetrated by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, alias Hushpuppi and four others, to both the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Police Service Commission, PSC.

It was learnt that the report, which reportedly indicted Kyari, was received by the AGF office and the PSC last week.

The SIP Chairman and Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Joseph Egbunike, submitted the committee’s findings to the IG on August 26, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, 24 days after the panel was inaugurated.

The report contained the case file of the probe, evidence and findings as well as testimonies from Kyari and other persons and groups linked to the matter.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, agent, Andrew Innocenti, had in a document titled, ‘Criminal Complaint By Telephone Or Other Reliable Electronic Means’ filed before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleged that Hushpuppi contracted Kyari to detain a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, for threatening to   expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

Innocenti also said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 into a bank account provided by Kyari, following which the court ordered that Kyari be detained for 10 days.

Following the allegations, Kyari was suspended from service on July 31 by the PSC. Kyari was said to have, however, denied the allegations. 

But giving an update on the case on Saturday, a senior official explained that the IG has directed that the erstwhile Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team should be queried after which he would be referred to the Force Disciplinary Committee which handles cases of misconduct and unprofessional acts by senior officers.