Investigations carried out by the Nigerian police has revealed that the younger brother of a former leader of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari received ₦235,120,000 from internet fraudster, Ramon Abass popularly known as Hushpuppi.
The report of the police also disclosed how the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police transferred ₦44m to his brother’s bank account in multiple transactions.
The report, however, did not reveal if the younger brother of the suspended police officer was acting as a proxy for Kyari who is currently been detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The investigation report forwarded to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, disclosed that Kyari’s brother received a total of ₦279.120m from a cyber syndicate like Efe Martins (lead coordinator), Sikiru Adekoya, Usman Ibrahim, and Hussaini Ala.
The report reads, “Sikiru Adekoya has many times received money from Hushpuppi and Efe and has equally transferred money to Usman Ibrahim. Adekoya after the 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.
“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 totalling N218, 120, 000. He also received the sum of N44m in multiple transactions from DCP Abba Kyari.”
The Force Disciplinary Committee in its recommendation on the 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 committee awarded Kyari the punishment of reduction in rank from DCP to ACP, stating that “the evidence of (N8mn) 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.”
The FDC further said 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 totalling N17m which originated from Efe Martins into the accounts of Usman Waziri, Hussaini Ala and brother to DCP Kyari.”