The Police Service Commission (PSC) has emphasised immediate dismissal and prosecution of besmirched officer, , over his involvement in the international online fraud syndicate led by Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas.
According to Peoples Gazette, two sources and internal memos outlined how the police regulatory body placed the interest of the Nigeria Police Force as an institution over Kyari’s career trajectory and medals, saying his fate, if not appropriately and firmly decided, could leave an enduring blight on the country’s law enforcement.
“Allowing somebody who has embarrassed the country to keep a high-ranking position in the police could further compound our problems as a nation,” the newspaper quoted a top official as saying.
“This position has been clearly conveyed to the Inspector-General.”
The position of panellists at PSC led to the return of Inspector-General, Alkali Baba Usman’s report last week.
It was learnt that the police chief was given two weeks to come up with a better report or the PSC would be forced to act.
“The IGP recommended demotion of Abba Kyari from DCP [Deputy Police Commissioner] to ACP [Assistant Police Commissioner] and this led to the anger of the PSC,” another source at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department said.
The source said Usman was warned that presenting such a report to the PSC could attract adverse consequences, “but he didn’t listen to us.”
Usman had said in his report that Kyari, 46, should be given another chance to redeem himself because he had “won many medals”, “positively projected the image of the NPF” and “performed well above his coursemates”, according to an internal police memo.
The PSC panellists acknowledged Kyari’s strides when he was in active service, but said his infractions as to Hushpuppi’s criminal activities were too weighty to be forgiven, two officials familiar with the deliberation said.
“His crimes could have serious implications for the country,” an official said.
“The United States could sever collaboration with Nigeria in security areas, especially FBI training of our officers.”
Usman was also asked specifically about whether or not it was established that Kyari collected money and the overall criminal conspiracy shade of his action.
“Nothing short of his dismissal and prosecution will be acceptable to the commission,” an official said.
“The IG has been asked to go and do the right thing by recommending his dismissal and prosecution or everything will be forced on him.
“The PSC has powers to fire Abba Kyari and recommend his prosecution, but still decided to give the IG another chance to do the right thing.”
Spokesmen for the Force Headquarters and PSC did not return requests seeking comments about Kyari’s fate.
The celebrated officer was suspended from office on August 1, 2021, three days after he was indicted by the FBI for conniving with Hushpuppi to defraud a Qatari businessman.
Kyari was accused of collecting cash from Hushpuppi to arrest and detain another member of the syndicate for several weeks in order to aid an ongoing scheme.
His connection to the syndicate was uncovered after Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai and moved to the U.S. to stand trial.
The Nigerian fraudster and Instagram sensation pleaded guilty to multimillion-dollar fraud in August 2021 and has been scheduled for sentencing on July 11.