Pelumi Olajengbesi, a outstanding member of the authorized group of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, has mentioned the investigation into the fraud allegations towards the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari ought to be open and clear.
The authorized practitioner, in a press release issued to SaharaReporters on Sunday, mentioned journalists should additionally been given full entry to the proceedings for the sake of posterity.
“It is therefore a demand in the interest of justice that the conduct of the investigations be transparent and open, with full press access. The Nigeria Police Force should know that Nigerians are struggling to trust the process and in view of this, the Press must be allowed unfettered access to its proceedings for record and posterity sake, too,” he mentioned.
The Police Service Commission had suspended the embattled police chief, Kyari, with the suspension to take impact from Saturday, July 31.
According to the spokesperson for the fee, Ikechukwu Ani, the suspension will “subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States”.
Kyari’s suspension adopted a advice by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, that the embattled police chief ought to be suspended instantly from the police drive pending investigation into fraud allegations towards him.
The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated thirty first July, 2021, famous that the advice for the suspension of the officer, is consistent with the interior disciplinary processes of the Force.
The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant towards Kyari for his alleged hyperlinks to the suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who’s standing trial for varied offences that embody web fraud and cash laundering.
Hushpuppi has since pleaded responsible to the costs and, if convicted, dangers a 20-year-jail time period, three-year supervision upon completion of jail time period, and financial restitution to the tune of $500,000 or extra.
A Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising 4 senior cops, headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Joseph Egbunike, will examine the allegations towards Kyari.
Olajengbensi, due to this fact, counseled the Police Inspector-General, Bala, for “recommending the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari and the immediate confirmation of same by the Police Service Commission pending the determination of his guilt or innocence”.
He continued, “Indeed, it is rather uncommon in our experience as a people to find such spine and resolve in our hero-worship climate where a few persons are revered above the law and due process. IGP Usman Bala has demonstrated appreciable commitment to the resolution of this matter in the interest of truth and justice and must now see that he stands steadfast to this path even in the face of expected pressure to do otherwise.
“DCP Abba Kyari who had hitherto assumed a rather amused and dismissive approach to the serious allegations against his person and office, must take good advantage to clear his name by making himself available for the investigations to allow the Nigeria Police Force to run a fine comb through the allegations brought forward against his person before the SIP led by Deputy Inspector-General Joseph Egbunike.
“The Special Investigation Panel (SIP) must undertake the task before them with a sense of duty and loyalty only to the truth. It must rid itself of bias considerations for, favourable or unfavourable disposition to DCP Kyari while equally availing him ample opportunity to make representation of his defence against the allegations against him.
“The very image of the Nigeria Police Force, particularly its ethos and claims to be corruption-free is being examined by the watchful public at national and international levels. IGP Usman Alkali Bala thus have an uphill task to dutifully acquit itself in this matter and in doing so, help save the reputation of the Nigeria Police Force.”