A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, struck out a suit by the Federal Government to extradite the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to the United States of America.
It would be recalled that Abba Kyari was indicted in an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into a $1.1 million fraud involving a high-profile scammer, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Therefore, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on behalf of the Federal Government, filed an extradition application at the Federal High Court in Abuja, following a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S.
Embassy, which according to him is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment.”
While ruling on the extradition application, Justice Inyang Ekwo, held that the extradition application was “incompetent and bereft of merit” as the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) is aware that Abba Kyari is currently facing drug-related charges filed by the National
Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
According to him, the Extradition Act forbade the surrendering of a defendant that is already facing trial before a competent court in the country.
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