The Police Service Commission says the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has been directed to deepen investigations into the connection between the suspended erstwhile head of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, and an internet fraudster, Abbas Ramon, commonly known as Hushpuppi.
Quest Times learned the commission gave the IG two weeks to turn in the report which would be reviewed by the PSC Standing Committee on Discipline.
The directive to the IG was sequel to the advice from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, it was further gathered.
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A four-man Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, had earlier probed Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Kyari had been suspended in July 2021 for alleged involvement in a $1.1 million Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and four others; AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (Bolamide).
Recall the Federal Bureau of Investigation had alleged that Hushpuppi paid $20,600 to two bank accounts allegedly provided by Kyari on January 20, 2020, an allegation which the latter denied.
Meanwhile, United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California is set to sentence Ramon Abbas, popularly called “Hushpuppi” on February 14, 2022.
Hushpuppi has been scheduled for sentencing on Valentine’s Day, according to the court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozeke.
In a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi had pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others, Quest Times gathered.