The Police Service Commission, on Thursday, ordered the immediate suspension of two officers who were working directly under the embattled ‘super cop’, Abba Kyari before the arrest of the trio.
The two officers, who are suspended from exercising their powers and functions in their respective offices include Sunday Ubua, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and James Bawa, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
The officers were working under the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, in the Intelligence Response Team of the Force Investigation and Intelligence Department. They were also alleged to be involved in the current cocaine seizure saga that led to the indictment of Kyari.
The commission’s decision was contained in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, dated 16th February 2022 and signed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Commissioner 1 in the PSC, Justice Clara B. Ogunbiyi on behalf of the Chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police.
The Commission in the letter titled: “Re- Investigation into seizure and transfer to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of 25 kilogrammes of Cocaine by the Office of DCP, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Department of Force Intelligence Bureau,” stated that in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules 030406, the Commission has approved the suspension of the Officers “until the outcome of the investigation into the allegations levelled against them”.
The Commission also directed the Inspector-General of Police to ”note also that DCP Abba Kyari, who prior to this allegation was on suspension, shall remain so until the conclusion of investigations”.
According to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the IGP was requested to place on suspension, Inspector Simon Agrigba and Inspector John Nuhu in accordance with the Powers of Delegation.
“The IGP is further requested to inform the Commission of the arrest of ASP John Umoru who is currently at large whenever his arrest is effected to enable it to take necessary action. The Commission also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
”The Commission is in receipt of a copy of IGP’s letter on the subject matter with Reference number CB: 4099/FHQ/ABJ/Vol16/151 dated 14th February 2022 and addressed to Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa rtd., Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,” the statement read.