FBI Indictment: PSC Suspends DCP Abba Kyari

Acting on the recommendation by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, to suspend the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, over his indictment by United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterday, approved the IG request and has suspended Kyari

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, had Sunday recommended the immediate suspension of Deputy Commisioner of Police and Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Mr. Abba Kyari.

He had also set up a four-man Special Investigative Panel (SIP) headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Investigations, DIG, Joseph Egbunike, to investigate all the allegations contained in the relevant US court documents served the Nigeria Police by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

This is as some groups have warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against using the case of a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to cover up the international umbrage against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over Kyari’s indictment.

However, a statement issued by the spokesman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31, 2022.

“The Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.

“Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States,” it said.

In addition, the statement stated: “The commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.

“The Commission’s decision, which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police, who is currently on leave.”

Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California had ordered the FBI to arrest Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a $1.1million fraud, perpetrated by Abbas Ramon otherwise called Hushpuppi.

The US court documents showed that the American prosecutors had first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, while another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.

But Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in a US custody was unsealed on July 26, 2021.

Hushpuppi had narrated to the US court how he allegedly bribed Kyari to arrest and jail one of his rivals in Nigeria over the disputed sharing formula of $1.1million scam of a Qatari businessman.

Following this development, youths in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who have warned the EFCC to stay away from using Saraki’s case to cover up Kyari’s allegation said the anti-graft agency must stay away from chasing shadows.

EFCC, at the weekend, had invited Saraki for questioning on Saturday, raising widespread reports about alleged arrest, with many accusing the anti-graft agency of attempting to use his case to mask the gravity of Kyari’s indictment and make it seem like the government was fighting corruption.

The PDP youth, under the aegis of South-south Youth Vanguard, cautioned EFCC against chasing shadows.

In a statement by its National Chairman, James Akpofure, the group advised the anti-graft agency to go after those reaping and looting the country and stop acting like an attack dog for the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government.

“The earlier the EFCC knows that it was established to fight corruption in the interest of the public the better. It should stop doing the bidding of the government in power. By working for the interest of the people, the comity of nations will see us as toeing the right path to meet international best practices.”

Another group, Northern Youths Transparency Vanguard, also criticised the invitation and alleged arrest of Saraki as an attempt to divert attention from the grave corruption charges against Kyari, who is wanted in the US on charges related to wire fraud and money laundering.

President, Northern Youths Transparency Vanguard, Mallam Inuwa Sabo, in a statement, accused EFCC of trying to distract public attention from the serious implications of a decorated policeman fraternizing with a known fraudster.

Sabo alleged that EFCC helped to circulate a story that the former senate president had been arrested over renewed corruption allegations, when a topical and humongous case of corruption of international magnitude was hanging over the head of Kyari.

“It is no news to Nigerians that the EFCC has continuously investigated allegations of corruption and raised trumped up charges against the former senate president, which when tested in the courts, have always fallen flat. Still, the EFCC and their paymasters and cyber peddlers keep fanning the flames of hyperbole and ingenious propaganda with Saraki’s name under renewed allegations of corruption.

“If fighting corruption means much to the EFCC, they should address the concerns of Nigerians about the red-hot Abba Kyari relationship with the convicted scammer,” the statement said.

Chelsea ready to Sign Top Striker.

Chelsea have reportedly made two bids for Romelu Lukaku this summer as they seem to have given up on a transfer deal for Erling Haaland.

It seems the Inter Milan striker is now looking the more realistic option than Haaland, with Borussia Dortmund supposedly determined not to sell.

This is according to The Athletic, while Dortmund are ready to turn down even €150m for their star striker.

Lukaku would be a fine signing for Chelsea after his superb form during his time at Inter, though he struggled in his most recent spell in the Premier League with Manchester United.

The Belgium international looks back to his best now and seems ideal to provide Chelsea with an upgrade on the misfiring Timo Werner.

The Germany international hasn’t gotten his superb form since he arrived at Stamford Bridge, and a new goal-scorer makes sense as an urgent priority for Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku has proven he can do it in the Premier League, though he’s in no hurry to leave Inter but he may be tempted to sign for Chelsea.

The report adds that Chelsea have indicated they’d be willing to break their transfer record to sign the 28-year-old this summer, showing their serious intent and perhaps indicating how much they’ve give up hope of signing Haaland.

Haaland may be the more attractive option due to being younger, but the 21-year-old Norwegian’s incredible form perhaps means he’s now financially out of reach, even for a club with Chelsea’s resources.

Few fans would complain if Lukaku joined as an alternative, with the club needing to get someone in soon as time is running out for them to start the new season with an elite finisher in their squad.

Namadi Sambo Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today.

Namadi Sambo Turns 67 Today

Mohammed Namadi Sambo GCON (born 2 August 1954) is a Nigerian politician who was Vice President of Nigeria from 19 May 2010 to 29 May 2015. He previously served as Governor of Kaduna State from 2007 to 2010.

Namadi was born on 2 August 1954 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He attended Baptist Primary School in Kakuri, Kaduna, before attending Kobi Primary School in Bauchi and Towns School No. 1 in Zaria. From 1967 until 1971, he attended Government Secondary School (now Alhuda-Huda College), in Zaria. He attended the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in 1972, after which he joined its Department of Architecture, graduating in 1976 with a bachelors degree with honours (BSc (Hons)). He also holds a master’s degree in architecture.
Following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as the President and nominated Sambo as Vice President. His official correspondence conveying the nomination of Sambo for the VP position was received by the National Assembly on 15 May 2010. On 18 May 2010, the National Assembly approved the nomination.
On 19 May 2010, Namadi Sambo was formally sworn in as the Vice-President of Nigeria, serving in office until 29 May 2015.

Tokyo Olympics: Amusan misses out on medal in 100m race.

The hurdler suffered similar fate at the last World Championship.

The hope of many in Tobi Amusan emerging as the first Nigerian medalist at the Tokyo Olympics has been dashed.

Amusan early Monday morning could not replicate the form that saw her win both the Heats and her semi final races.

She sadly finished fourth in Monday’s final with a time of 12.60s, thus missing out on the medals on offer.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who had set a new 12.26s games record in qualifying for the final, won gold with another blistering 12.37s finish.

Kendra Harrison of the USA came second while Jamaica’s Megan Tapper claimed the bronze.

With this, Team Nigeria’s quest to find a way to the medals table in Tokyo continues.

Amusan, who is both the reigning African and Commonwealth 100m hurdles champion, had on Sunday become the second Nigerian woman ever to qualify for the final of the sprint hurdles at the Olympics after winning her semifinal heat in 12.62 seconds.

However, while the other Nigerian that made it to the final 21 years ago, Gloria Alozie, won a silver medal at the Sydney Games, Amusan could not follow suit.

Even though there is no medal to show for her effort, the feat in Tokyo is progress for Amusan who exited at the semifinal stage in her Olympic debut five years ago in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Amusan also narrowly lost out on a medal at the World Championship in Doha; finishing in the fourth position.

Abba Kyari: Why US is out to expose Buhari’s govt.

A chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP. Olusegun Bamgbose,has said that the United States may be out to expose the President Muhammadu Buhari government over its failure to heed to multiple calls to unban Twitter in Nigeria and also address widespread killings fuelled by corruption and religious intolerance..

Bamgbose, who was reacting to the move by US authorities to arrest and extradite Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, over his involvement with international fraudster, Ramos Abbas also known as Hushpuppi, pointed out that Buhari’s aides, advisers and ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy and warned that the Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States and other countries with sufficient and damning evidences against key corrupt officials occupying government offices.

According to him, the US government is in possession of some shocking secrets of the Buhari government but have decided to remain silent for reasons best known to them.

“There is a saying that one good turn deserves another, this is also applicable in international relations and diplomacy,”

“It’s on record that the United States condemned in clear terms the continuing ban on Twitter in the country, saying the action ‘has no place in a democracy’ and that ‘Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are fundamental to prosperous and secure democratic societies’

“This was made known to the public by State Department spokesperson Ned Price, he emphatically called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reverse its Twitter ban.

“However, unfortunately, the Federal Government turned deaf ears and chose to snub the United States. The repercussion is here, in essence, Abba Kyari’s saga could be the backlash of the Federal Government turning down the US call to reverse the Twitter ban.

“Unknown to many, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021, but these were turned down by the Judge.

“Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr.Kyari and hold him in United States custody was unsealed on July 26. There is always a price to pay when the right thing is not done at the right time.

“Many of Buhari’s Aides, Advisers, and Ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy. The Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States.

“Last week the FBI agents had a second meeting with Nigeria’s Police IG to demand Abba Kyari’s arrest and extradition.

“One will strictly advise the Federal Government to release Abba Kyari to the FBI. Currently, the Federal Government wants Igboho extradited to Nigeria from the Benin Republic, there is therefore no basis to withhold Abba Kyari from facing trial in the US.

“In the few weeks to come there will be more revelations that may portray the Presidency in a bad light. The United States has classified Buhari’s Government as being rude and unfriendly.

“All these could be traced to the Twitter ban and some other developments aimed at gagging press freedom. Refusal to release Abba Kyari will certainly not help the already strained relationship between the two countries.

“Let Abba Kyari go and defend himself, after all, a clean conscience fears no accusation. The earlier the better for Buhari’s to know that Nigeria cannot stand alone. The Twitter ban should be reversed forthwith.

“Press freedom should not be tampered with, the United States should not be pushed to expose hidden things about this government.

“The US government knows a lot about Buhari’s government that will shock many Nigerians. However, for reasons best known to them, they have decided to keep mute.”

Akwa United wins 2020/2021 NPFL Title.

Akwa United have emerged champions of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season after a remarkable 5-2 victory over MFM FC in Uyo.

Charles Atshimene capped a fine performance on Sunday with a hat-trick and improved his goal count to 18 this season.

Akwa United recorded the longest unbeaten run in the league, 18 games and also kept the cleanest sheets this campaign.

This is the first time the Promise Keepers will be winning the NPFL title in their 25 years history. #

It is also the second time coach Kennedy Boboye will be winning the trophy as he had led Plateau United to win their first league title in 2017.

Abba Kyari: US is out to expose Buhari’s govt – Bamgbose

A chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP. Olusegun Bamgbose,has said that the United States may be out to expose the President Muhammdu Buhari government over its failure to heed to multiple calls to unban Twitter in Nigeria and address widespread killings fuelled by corruption and religious intolerance..

Bamgbose, who was reacting to the move by US authorities to arrest and extradite Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, over his involvement with international fraudster, Ramos Abbas also known as Hushpuppi, pointed out that Buhari’s aides, advisers and ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy and warned that the Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States and other countries with sufficient and damning evidences against key corrupt officials occupying government offices.

According to him, the US government is in possession of some shocking secrets of the Buhari government but have decided to remain silent for reasons best known to them.

“There is a saying that one good turn deserves another, this is also applicable in international relations and diplomacy,”

“It’s on record that the United States condemned in clear terms the continuing ban on Twitter in the country, saying the action ‘has no place in a democracy’ and that ‘Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are fundamental to prosperous and secure democratic societies’

“This was made known to the public by State Department spokesperson Ned Price, he emphatically called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reverse its Twitter ban.

“However, unfortunately, the Federal Government turned deaf ears and chose to snub the United States. The repercussion is here, in essence, Abba Kyari’s saga could be the backlash of the Federal Government turning down the US call to reverse the Twitter ban.

“Unknown to many, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021, but these were turned down by the Judge.

“Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr.Kyari and hold him in United States custody was unsealed on July 26. There is always a price to pay when the right thing is not done at the right time.

“Many of Buhari’s Aides, Advisers, and Ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy. The Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States.

“Last week the FBI agents had a second meeting with Nigeria’s Police IG to demand Abba Kyari’s arrest and extradition.

“One will strictly advise the Federal Government to release Abba Kyari to the FBI. Currently, the Federal Government wants Igboho extradited to Nigeria from the Benin Republic, there is therefore no basis to withhold Abba Kyari from facing trial in the US.

“In the few weeks to come there will be more revelations that may portray the Presidency in a bad light. The United States has classified Buhari’s Government as being rude and unfriendly.

“All these could be traced to the Twitter ban and some other developments aimed at gagging press freedom. Refusal to release Abba Kyari will certainly not help the already strained relationship between the two countries.

“Let Abba Kyari go and defend himself, after all, a clean conscience fears no accusation. The earlier the better for Buhari’s to know that Nigeria cannot stand alone. The Twitter ban should be reversed forthwith.

“Press freedom should not be tampered with, the United States should not be pushed to expose hidden things about this government.

“The US government knows a lot about Buhari’s government that will shock many Nigerians. However, for reasons best known to them, they have decided to keep mute.”

Armed Robber Burnt Alive in Ugheli Delta

A suspected armed robber yesterday was burnt to death by an angry mob in Afiesere Community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Airview News gathered that the incident which occurred at about 4:00 pm drew the attention of a mammoth crowd.

It was gathered through eye witness report that the victim was snatched a newly purchased motorcycle from its at Iwhrekpokpor roundabout, Afiesere.

It was learnt that the owner of the stolen motorcycle raised an alarm which attracted other motorcyclists who gave the victim a hot chase.

It was further revealed that the victim was lynched by the angry mob after he drove into an Afiesere Secondary School.

It was learnt that the angry mob meat the victim to a pulp before setting him ablaze.

When contacted Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright confirmed the incident.

“We do not encourage any form of jungle justice,” he said

Breaking: Armed Gunmen Storm Burial Ceremony in Ogwuash-Uku in Delta State

Armed men suspected to be kidnappers reportedly stormed a funeral in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, voiceairmedia report.

It was learnt that the armed men stormed the funeral in a move suspected to be an attempt to kidnap a popular social media critic of the APC of Buhari and activist, Ken Eneduwa.

An eyewitness who prefers anonymity told our Correspondent that the heavily armed men who were in mufti, came in unmarked car stormed the venue of a burial ceremony, of late Mrs Eneduwa, and were heard making enquiry on the whereabout of Ikechuckwu Ken Eneduwa, the activist son of the diseased that was being buried.

The eyewitness further stated that the armed men were sure of the presence of the APC critic since it was his mother’s funeral.

‘But some key top Delta State government officials who were equally present at the burial saved the day for the Eneduwa family’, a rather sad eyewitness said.

‘We were even told that attempt was made by the officials to pick Ken’s wife, Ifeoma, who was also at the event but was equally resisted by the youths of the town’, the eyewitness added.

Eneduwa has been one of the vocal critics of the government of President Buhari and has leveraged his huge social media following, especially on his facebook page to canvass for open and fair democratic process in the country.

He spear-headed the debate on the purported fraudulent award of the Ogwashi-Ukwu.

As at the time of writing this report, Ken Eneduwa’s whereabouts and that of his wife remains unknown.

Speaking on the development via a telephone interview, the counsel to Ken Eneduwa, the critic and activist, Pelumi Olajengbesi confirmed the incident.

Olajengbesi described the incident as an unfortunate one and a sad narrative in the life of our country.

Olajengbesi further stated that there is a need for us to address the issues of insecurity in our country.

The federal government must wake up to responsibility and rejig the security architecture of the country.

There has been increase in the arrests of critics of the government in recent time.

Recall that a popular critic of the government, Abubakar Idris, who is popularly known as Dadiyata was abducted from his home in August 2019 and has remained missing.

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Kidnappers Abduct Man Delivering Ransom in Niger state

Kidnappers in Nigeria have seized a man who was sent to deliver a ransom payment to secure the release of dozens of abducted school children.

The elderly man was sent by the children’s parents after they managed to raise 30m naira ($73,000; £53,000) by selling land and other possessions.

But they have been left feeling hopeless following his kidnapping.

The north of the country is in the midst of a wave of school abductions carried out by criminals for profit.

Ransoms are frequently paid, but this is a rare case where the person carrying the cash has been taken.

The kidnappers called up the school’s headteacher to say that the money delivered was not the agreed sum.

The 136 students were taken from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger state, in late May.

Gunmen riding on motorcycles stormed the town and opened fire indiscriminately killing one person and injuring another.

As people fled, the attackers went to the school and seized the children.

The parents and school administrators negotiated with the criminals and agreed to pay the ransom. They sold part of the school’s land as well as other possessions.

Headteacher Malam Abubakar Alhassan told the Airviews reporter that six people were sent with the correct amount to meet the kidnappers near the forest where the children were being held.

When they arrived, the gunmen demanded that one of the group, an elderly man, follow them into the forest so that the cash could be counted.

But they later called to say the money was not sufficient.

According to Mr Alhassan reported that “Parents are now resigned to fate. They say they can’t raise any more money. They are now relying on God.

More than 1,000 students have been abducted from schools across northern Nigeria since December last year.

Hundreds of them are still in captivity, although some of the students kidnapped at Bethel High School were released on saturday nights by the bandits as sallah gifts to their aggrieved parents.

The authorities are being severely criticised for their failure to tackle the country’s widespread insecurity including the deepening kidnapping crisis.

Reported by Michael Reuben.