The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has said he is not aware of any request for the extradition of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
There have been reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sought the extradition of Kyari over his alleged ties to Hushpuppi, suspected fraudster currently being tried in the United States.
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He spoke on Thursday while briefing State House reporters at the Ministerial briefing, organised by the Presidential Communication Team, at the State House, Abuja.
The IGP, while speaking on the matter, said he was not in any way aware of any formal extradition request apart from what he read on the social media.
Baba said his office had received the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
“We are working on what to do next in terms of asking the officer to account for what we have gathered in the investigation and what we will do next.”
“But as for extradition order, I have not received any, I’ve not heard of any. I’ve not heard about it formally but I have read it on the social media that there was an extradition request. I’ve not seen it, I’ve not heard it formally. That is one.
“Two. When this issue of Kyari started, we took our own action by constituting a panel to look at the allegation that was made against the senior officer.
“The allegation was based on receiving gratification and also fraternizing with Hushpuppi and his group and even receiving some instructions and so forth.
“We looked into all these allegations by a committee that was set up chaired by a DIG, we submitted our report to the SGF for vetting and advice on the finding we have gotten from the investigation.”
Anambra guber poll
On the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, the IGP said the massive deployment of security personnel was meant to check the activities of criminals who might want to foment trouble.
Baba said the police deployed the use of jingles and talked to stakeholders to assure them of their safety and ensure that Anambra people come out to exercise their franchise.
According to him, most officers that would be assigned to polling stations would be unarmed as they would be involved in checking vote rigging and illegal campaign at venues.
The IGP said the security forces had made efforts to stabilize the security situation in the South East by launching various operations.