A former United States of America’s Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has acknowledged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and the continued probe by the Nigeria Police Force confirmed some hope of police reforms underneath the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Campbell, who’s now the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow For Africa Policy Studies on the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington D.C., wrote his response to the FBI’s probe of Kyari in relation to the police officer’s cozy relationship with serial web fraudster, Ramon Abbas, often known as Hushpuppi.
The former ambassador to Nigeria between 2004 and 2007, acknowledged in an article revealed by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), that the probe of Kyari additionally confirmed a “hopeful sign” of police reforms which Nigerians had clamoured for and which have been one of many key calls for of final 12 months’s EndSARS protests.
Campbell mentioned, “The charismatic head of the Intelligence Response team of the Nigeria Police Service, Abba Kyari, has been suspended pending the investigation of allegations by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he was in cahoots with Ramon Abbas, better known as “Hushpuppi“ a Nigerian “Yahoo boy,” a well-liked Nigerian time period for cyber criminals, concerned in cash laundering and fraud.
“Abbas allegedly paid Kyari N8 million (about $20,000) to arrest and jail a rogue member of Abbas’ criminal group; those allegations are currently being investigated by the Nigerian police. A U.S. district court issued a warrant for Kyari’s arrest, but American authorities have not requested his extradition, though much of the Nigerian media expects that they will do so.
“Whatever Nigeria’s reputation, that of the police is poor, both at home and abroad. Among Nigerians, the police are a byword for corruption—grand and petty—and harassment, especially of the poor. Anti-police sentiment boiled over late last year in protests against the notoriously brutal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)—for which Kyari formerly served as the officer-in-charge—collectively known as #EndSARS.
“The Buhari administration has promised police reform, of which there has been little evidence. However, the investigation of Abba Kyari could be a hopeful sign. It should be noted that Abba Kyari of the National Police is not to be confused with Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Buhari until his death last year from COVID-19.”