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IGP recommends suspension of DCP Abba Kyari over FBI indictment

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IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has recommended that DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), be suspended from the Nigeria Police Force until the outcome of an ongoing internal inquiry into him.

On Saturday, this was revealed in a statement signed by CP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer.

According to Mba, the IGP indicated in his letter to the Police Service Commission dated July 31, 2021 that the recommendation for the officer’s suspension is consistent with the Force’s internal disciplinary procedures.

The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer, the statement said.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the rule of law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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