*Calls for Abubakar Malami’s sack:
*Calls for forensic investigations of circumstances surrounding death of DIG JOSEPH EGBUNIKE:
Leading Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called for the dismissal of the federal attorney general and minister of Justice Abubakar Malami for disgracefully playing politics with the demand by the United States of America to extradite the disgraced Deputy Commissioner of Police Alhaji Abba Kyari to the United States of America to face prosecution over fraud allegations.
HURIWA has also asked the Anambra State government and the Governors of the South East to demand that investigations about the sudden death of the most senior Igbo police officer in Nigeria hitherto charged with the investigation of the disgraced police officer Abba Kyari be opened because there have been many accounts of how he died alongside insinuations that his death was connected to his principled stand to indict the disgraced police officer who however has been in jail before the death of the Senior police officer.
HURIWA said: “We are not pointing accusing fingers on any one in particular but the interest generated by a section of federal government officials on the case of Abba Kyari and the crude determination by these officials to frustrate any talk of extraditing their beloved ‘super cop’ shows that some desperate agents even working independent of the accused persons, may have masterminded the death of DIG JOSEPH EGBUNIKE. So his death should be investigated independent of the police or government since both the police and federal government are in collusion to undermine the entire legal process of extradition application”.
The Rights group said categorically that the plots allegedly by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to save a former Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, from facing criminal prosecution for alleged money laundering by writing a second and contradictory advice, has rubbished what is left of the international image of Nigeria and the World will view Nigeria as a criminal empire. “If President Muhammadu Buhari has any honour left in his administration, then he must sack Abubakar Malami with immediate effect or leave him in office and surely his government has gone down in history as that which sabotaged the constitution and the principle of rule of law to massage their ethnic and tribal egos and interests.”
HURIWA further stated that the second contradictory opinion by Abubakar Malami which attempts to free the police officer, shows that all the while that the Federal Attorney general and minister of Justice and by extension the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari has never planned to hand over the disgraced police officer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but were simply deceiving gullible Nigerians.
The Rights group said the volte -face by the incredibly ridiculous Attorney-General is a confirmation of the alarm we raised last week stating that all the while the government does not want to extradite the indicted police office Abba Kyari to the USA even with the abundance of evidence allegedly linking him to several crimes of advanced fees fraud allegedly masterminded by Hushpuppi.
HURIWA said although the current administration may get away with this clear case of covering up for someone they see as their errand boy, but in the long term the image of Nigeria will suffer near irreparable damage of distrust due to this mess the Attorney-General has created. How the Attorney-General could change opinions like he is changing bathroom slippers, is a monumental body of shame and is so despicable, disgusting, atrocious and vexatious.”
Recall that HURIWA had on March 5th alleged that, “the AGF and some northern political forces must be on a conspiratorial mission because as long as Kyari is facing charges in Nigeria, he cannot be extradited to the U.S. based on the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and the United States.”
The group quoted the law thus: “Attorney General of the Federation however has the power to refuse extradition. According to section 3 of the Extradition Act, which places restrictions on extradition, ‘A fugitive criminal – (a) who has been charged with an offence under the law of Nigeria or any part thereof, not being the offence for which his surrender is sought; or (b) who is serving a sentence imposed in respect of any such offence by a court in Nigeria, shall not be surrendered until such a time as he has been discharged whether by acquittal or on the expiration of his sentence or otherwise.’
HURIWA added: “Apparently, it would seem that either that the AGF is not even aware that NDLEA, which is an agency under his Ministry had filed charges or he knew and he still authorised filing of extradition application even when aspects of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and U.S. says no extradition will happen if the accused person is facing same or another charge or charges at the time of filing the extradition application.
HURIWA had also accused the minister of justice of connivance to undermine the extradition of Abba Kyari thus: “So, it is either that the government is taking Nigerians for a ride by muddying up the extradition application so their sacred cow does not go to the U.S. to face charges of 419 alongside Hushpuppi or the justice minister need to explain why his office did not ask the NDLEA not to file charges so the extradition application goes first and is successfully obtained because as it is, the accused person can’t be extradited since he now has an advantage of the provision of the extradition treaty not to be extradited.”
HURIWA in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko said the clearest evidence of collusion to undermine the extradition of the disgraced police officer has emerged because weeks after directing the police to probe Abba Kyari for allegedly receiving 33 proceeds of crime, stating that a case of money laundering had been established against Kyari, the justice minister in a new legal advice said there was no evidence to show that money was laundered by the senior police officer. HURIWA said this clear crass incompetence that even a year one law student wouldn’t commit is a bug slap on the face of Nigerians and is absolutely repugnant to good reasoning.
HURIWA said this contradiction by the Federal Attorney general and minister of Justice has painted Nigeria graphically as a lawless contraption whereby anything goes and a kingdom of filth whereby if you have a big man in government, then you can literally commit murder in Broad daylight and you walk freely on the corridors of power in Abuja same way armed Fulani terrorists have killed over 6, 000 farmers all over Nigeria and the Federal Attorney general shamelessly told HURIWA in writing that he can’t prosecute the alleged mass killers because there is no case file.
HURIWA recalled that the embattled police man Alhaji Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who is wanted in the United States for alleged involvement in a $1.1m scam carried out by the then Dubai based advanced fees fraud kingpin Abbas Ramon also known as Hushpuppi.
HURIWA stated that it is a shocking and disappointing that the AGF affirmed in January that investigations carried out by the police indicted the former IRT commander for money laundering.
Malami, in a legal advice, therefore, directed the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to carry out further investigations, noting that a prima facie case of money laundering had been established against the DCP.
He also said the force should intensify investigation into 33 crime proceeds received by the ex-IRT commander.
HURIWA recalled that police investigations revealed how the international scammers led by Hushpuppi paid N235,120,000 to Kyari’s younger brother.
The police report also said Kyari equally funnelled N44 million into his sibling’s bank account in multiple transactions.
Then in January the AGF’s legal advice read in part, “That there exists prima facie case of conspiracy, collaboration, receipt, conversion, transfer and/or retention of proceeds of unlawful activities contrary to the provision of sections 15, 17 & 18 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and Section 17 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, Cap E, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, against DCP Abba Kyari and other suspects in view of the overwhelming evidence showing the nature of his disguised financial transactions and activities with Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waziri, Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala and Sharon Festus, who are all confirmed members of an international Internet fraud network.
“Although the facts and circumstances of this case as contained in the case file are suggestive to money laundering offences against DCP Abba Kyari and his accomplices namely: Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waziri, Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala and Sharon Festus; to successfully prosecute them, there is a need for a more thorough dissecting and tracing of the suspected 33 proceeds of crime received by DCP Abba Kyari directly or indirectly through the said accomplices.”
HURIWA lamented that in a sinister attempt to free the sacred cow and the good boy of the Northern political class, who used him in the past for all kinds of allegedly abominable assignment, However, Malami, in his latest advice contradicted his January directive that Kyari should be probed for money laundering and for receiving 33 proceeds of crime.
HURIWA stated that in a letter dated February 4, 2022, with reference number, DPPA/LA/814/21, the AGF sought to exonerate the embattled senior officer, saying there was no link between Kyari and the Hushpuppi gang.
According to the letter written on behalf of the AGF by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Abubakar, the evidence contained in the case diary “was not sufficient to indicate or show that the said monies (N279mn) were laundered directly or indirectly by Kyari to disguise their origin.”
The new position of the attorney-general was contained in a letter titled, ‘Re: Forwarding of the investigation report of the Nigeria Police Force Special Investigation Team and request for legal advice with regards to allegations of criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting Internet fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering against DCP Abba Kyari’.
The letter addressed to the IG, read in part, “I am directed to inform you that after a careful study of the said response wherein you stated that ‘the monies have been traced to Zenith Bank account no. 2255416115 belonging to Usman Ibrahim Waziri; Guaranty Trust Bank account no. 0130665392 belonging to Adekoya Sikiru; Zenith Bank account no. 2080537566 belonging to Hussein Ala and other funds went to Sharon Festus. The monies were withdrawn and utilised by the aforementioned account holders and the lady.
“It is our view that the above response has not linked the suspect, DCP Abba Kyari, to the offence of money laundering as the evidence contained in the case diary is not sufficient to indicate or show that the said monies were laundered directly or indirectly by Kyari to disguise their origin, more so that the aforementioned recipients or receivers exonerated him in their statements as having nothing to do with the monies.”
HURIWA in its reaction to the latest volte face of the Federal attorney general and minister of Justice Abubakar Malami said it is one more evidence of crass incompetence and/or alleged collusion to undermine any attempt to extradite Abba Kyari to the USA.
HURIWA said the impression being created by this turn around and a show of shame by the AGF is that the Federal government recognises impunity as its official mantra and the officials don’t give a damn to do all kinds of things because they think that they are above the law.
HURIWA stated that the current Attorney General and minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has entered the national book of infamy and will for generations to come be looked upon as one of the worst lawyers to have held the post of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Such a shame really!”