Court documents have shown that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Nigeria’s police commissioner Abba Kyari.
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 for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, a notorious Nigerian fraudster.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai last June and he pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. this week.
The FBI said Abbas and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money.
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 February 12, 2021, according to court documents. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.
According to Peoples Gazette, Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.
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.
However, it was not immediately clear whether or not an extradition request has been filed for Kyari as Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, did not immediately return a request seeking comment on the latest development.