Sir: It is no longer news: the celebrated super cop and head of Intelligence response team, Abba Kyari, has been suspended by the Police Service Commission (PSC) to pave the way for investigation of his alleged involvement with notorious internet fraudster, Hushpuppi.
Abba Kyari has been accused by the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) of aiding and abetting fraud involving Hushpuppi and a Qatari business man. Since the time the sad news was broken, many Nigerians have aired their views in support of or against the Kyari. For several Nigerians who have been monitoring and watching the superb performance of DCP Kyari as former brilliant head of Intelligence Response Team, he is being witch-hunted for refusing to dance to the tune of some vested powerful interest, hence his current troubles.
Being one of his ardent supporters who is convinced by his numerous performances in crime bursting and apprehension of high-profile suspects, I believe Kyari should not be allowed to face persecution in his country that he served with dedication and passion.
There is nothing wrong in suspending and investigating him. The whole hullabaloo and uproar generated by the unfortunate saga is based on mere allegation by the FBI. Actually, by suspending him, the Inspector General of Police has done the right thing to save the image of the force. If Kyari is finally found wanting, he should be punished, but only according to the laws of the land.
The US government should also know that Nigeria is a sovereign entity with set of laws fully enacted to punish the offenders. Calling for the extradition of Kyari to US for an allegation of offence committed in Nigeria is a breach of international laws. Given how our hard working Nigerians who served the country diligently and to the best of their abilities are persecuted and vilified, one day we will wake up without the likes of Kyaris’ in our midst!
- Saidu Liman (Dan Libiya),
Funtua, Katsina State.