Pelumi Olajengbesi, the lawyer for Yoruba Nation activist Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho), has reacted to the Nigeria Police Force’s suspension of Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police.
He requested Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, to make Kyari’s bribery trial open to the public with full press access.
‘Suspension of DCP Abba Kyari by the Nigeria Police Force pending inquiry by the special investigating panel commendable: A demand for transparency and the matter to be done in an open panel with full press access,’ Olajengbesi said in a statement released over the weekend.
Sunday Igboho has surrendered and cannot be detained, according to his lawyer.
“The Special Investigation Panel must execute the task before them with a sense of responsibility and loyalty only to the truth,” the statement said. It must be free of any prejudice considerations on DCP Kyari’s favorable or unfavorable disposition, while also providing him with enough time to deliver his defense.
“The Nigeria Police Force’s very image, notably its ethos and claims to be corruption-free, is being scrutinized by a vigilant public on a national and international basis. IGP Usman Alkali Baba thus faces a difficult task in defending himself in this situation and restoring the Nigeria Police Force’s reputation.
“It is thus a demand in the interest of justice that the investigations be conducted in a transparent and open manner, with full press access. The NPF should be aware that Nigerians are losing faith in the process, and as a result, the Press should be given unrestricted access to its proceedings for the sake of record and posterity.”
We recall that Kyari, the Director of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was suspended due to his connection to internet and cybercrime fraudster Ramon Abass, also known as Hushpuppi.
During their inquiry, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) linked Kyari to Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi allegedly bribed Kyari to put an errant gang member in jail for a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, according to the FBI.
Following the revelation, Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, recommended Kyari’s suspension awaiting the result of the investigation.
However, Kyari has now rejected the charges, admitting that he acted as a middleman between the fraudster and a local tailor in which Hushpuppi allegedly made payments.