The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the United States request for the extradition of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari.

Kyari who was recently granted permission from a court to treat health issues, have been accused of money laundering, identity theft and commiting wife fraud.

The U.S extradition request was based on the premise of an accusation from Hushpuppi, originally known as Ramon Abbas, who pleaded guilty to charges of internet fraud. Hushpuppi had mentioned Kyari as a collaborator in his fraudulent endeavours.

Nigeria Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), filed an application on Wednesday to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja on the extradition of Abba Kyari.

The application FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022 filed under the Extradition Act, IO Nigeria follows after an indictment filed by a grand jury against Kyari—far back as April last year.

It was also approved by the U.S District Court for the Central District of California.

According to Malami, the filed application was a response to the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S Embassy in Abuja, demanding Abba Kyari’s immediate surrender.

He is also subject to three counts indictment:

“Count one: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years;

“Count two: Conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1956(h), carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

“Count three: Aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting that offence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1) and 2(a), carrying a maximum term of imprisonment of two years.”

This was contained in court documents provided with the request.

The U.S Embassy request also stated thus:

“On April 29, 2021, based on the indictment filed by the grand jury and with the approval of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a deputy clerk of the court issued a warrant of arrest for Kyari.

“The arrest warrant remains valid and executable to apprehend Kyari for the crimes with which he is charged in the indictment.

“Kyari is wanted to stand trial in the United States for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and identity theft.

“Kyari is the subject of an indictment in case Number 2:21-cr-00203 (also referred to as 2:21-MJ-00760 and 2:21-CR-00203-RGK), filed April 29, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.”

Malami stated that Kyari’s surrender will nullify any attempt to be prejudiced at his trial. His personal liberty will also be void of punishment, detention and restriction; by reason of race, nationality or political opinions.

Prior to being granted an opportunity to attend to his health issues, ‘super-cop’ Kyari had challenged an order by Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Abuja, giving the NDLEA power to detain Kyari for two weeks.

The order was dated back to February 22. A hearing has now been scheduled for March 8 pertaining to Kyari’s application.

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