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Hushpuppi: FG approves Abba Kyari’s extradition to the U.S

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The case of suspended deputy commissioner of police, DCP Abba Kyari, has taken a new turn as the federal government approves his extradition to the United State of America.

This is following the extradition request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in July 2021, which indicted Kyari in a $1.1 million fraud involving Hushpuppi, self-confessed international fraudster.

This however, prompted the Police in Nigeria to begin its own probe into the case in August, 2021, which was concluded and submitted to the office of the attorney general.

But on Wednesday, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, submitted an application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022, filed under the Extradition Act, before the chief judge of the federal high court in Abuja seeking Abba Kyari’s extradition.

According to the AGF, the application followed a request by the diplomatic representative of the US embassy in Abuja.

”It is for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment,” the AGF stated.

In the affidavit which was submitted to support the extradition request, the AGF said he is satisfied that the reason why Kyari is being surrendered, is not political nor trivial.

He added that, the request for the surrender of Kyari was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions but in good faith and in the interest of justice.

The AGF also said there is no criminal proceeding pending against Kyari in Nigeria for the same offence.