A warrant of arrest has been issued for Nigeria’s police commissioner Abba Kyari. Justice Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Abba Kyari and produce him in the United States of America for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Hushpuppi, a notorious Nigerian internet fraudster.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai last year June and he has pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. this week. The FBI said Hushpuppi and Abba Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money.
Abba Kyari was also indicted for receiving bribes from Hushpuppi to arrest a member of the syndicate in Nigeria. American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Abba Kyari on 12th February 2021, according to court documents. Another warrant was requested on 29th April 2021.
Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Abba Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on 26th July 2021. Abba Kyari in a hurried statement denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster. It was not immediately clear whether or not an extradition request has been filed for Abba Kyari.
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