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Police report shows how Kyari’s brother received N279 mln from Hushpuppi team

Outcome of Police investigations into the link between a former Commander, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari and members of a syndicate led by international scammer, Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi have revealed how N235.12 million was paid into the acount of a younger brother of Kyari

The report of the investigations also showed that Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, equally funnelled N44 million to his brother’s bank account in multiple transactions.

In spite of the huge suspecion transactions between Kyari brother and the syndicate, the probe panel failed to invite the ex-IRT junior brother for interogation during the course of the panel sitting.

The investigation report also failed to disclose whether Kyari’s brother was acting as a proxy for his embattled elder brother who is currently in custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Kyari was suspended by the police last July for his alleged links to Hushpuppi and was also accused by the NDLEA on Monday of allegedly attempted to sell part of the cocaine which was seized from some drug dealers in Enugu, while he was on suspension.

The Police Panel report showed that a total of N279.120 million flowed to the younger Kyari’s bank account at various times from the cyber scam syndicate members-Efe Martins (lead coordinator), Sikiru Adekoya, Usman Ibrahim, and Hussaini Ala.

“Sikiru Adekoya has many times received money from Hushpuppi and Efe and has equally transferred money to Usman Ibrahim. Adekoya after initial denial of having any financial transaction with both Hushpuppi and Efe Martins eventually admitted receiving various sums of money through transfers into his GTBank.

‘’However, he could not offer reasonable explanations of what the sums were meant for and what he did with the monies. The network of Hushpuppi Internet fraud syndicate consists of Efe Martins as the lead coordinator who through his company, Efe Martins Integrated Concept Ltd., has at various times transferred different sums of money to Sikiru Adekoya, Usman Waziri Ibrahim, Hussaini Ala.

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“A junior brother to DCP Kyari is a major beneficiary of funds from the Zenith Bank account of Hussaini Ala from where he at different times received various sums totaling N218, 120, 000. He also received the sum of N44m in multiple transactions from DCP Abba Kyari,” a portion of the report stated.

The ex-IRT commader has since been arrested by the Police together with four other officers and handed over to the NDLEA for interogation over his involvement with drug cartel.

His accomplices include Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. Another officer, ASP John Umoru, is said to be at large.

In its recommendations, the Force Disciplinary Committee which reviewed the SIP investigation report indicted Kyari for violating the social media policy of the Nigeria Police Force by responding to the Federal Bureau of Intelligence’s indictment on his Facebook page without recourse to laid down procedures.

Committee accuses Kyari of hobnobbing with fraudulent characters, violating the police professional ethics.

For hobnobbing with fraudulent characters and violating the police professional ethics, the panel recommended that Kyari should be demoted from DCP to ACP.

The panel stated that “the evidence of (N8 million) bribe is circumstantial in that the bribe mainly was not paid into the officer’s account nor was any proceeds of the bribe traced by the panel much less linking the officer to any such proceeds.’’

It also stated that there was no evidence of direct fund transfer from either Hushpuppi or Efe  into any of Kyari’s accounts “but there were records of various funds transfers totaling N17 million which originated from Efe Martins into the accounts of Usman Waziri, Hussaini Ala and brother to DCP Kyari.”

Meanwhile, the force has intensified investigations into Kyari’s links to criminal gangs and alleged involvement in money laundering as directed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

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