Monday 2 August 2021

Four-man panel begins probe as police commission suspends Kyari

Following the recommendation by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the commencement of probe by a special investigation panel, the Police Service 

Commission (PSC) has approved the suspension of Mr Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, from service over alleged bribery and fraudulent. 

Mr Ikechukwu Ani, Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, announced this in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday. 

Ani said the commission had also directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Bala, to furnish it with information on development in the matter for necessary further action. 

Ani said the suspension took effect from July 31 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of Kyari’s indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The suspension followed the recommendation by the IGP to the PSC in a letter dated July 31, 2021. 

The IGP, in the letter, had recommended the immediate suspension of Kyari, who was, until suspension, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation against him. 

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer,” the statement said. 

The statement further revealed that, “the SIP, will comprise of four senior police officers and would be headed by Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police incharge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).” 

It added that, “the SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Kyari by the United States government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

“The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the force leadership on the matter.”

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