- Respected senior lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, has accused the Buhari administration of bias in handling similar cases
- The Senior Advocate of Nigeria made comparisons between the cases involving Abba Kyari and Sunday Igboho
- Falana said while the Nigerian government wants to extradite Igboho, it is not doing the same in the case of Kyari
Falana lamented that the same government is insisting that the arrest warrant issued against a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States will follow due process.
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Falana, who stated this in an interview with BBC Yoruba on Tuesday, August 10 said the move shows that the Buhari-led government is bias.
Kyari, the suspended former head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, is under investigation for alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and four others.
On the other hand, the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria but the activist denied the allegation.
“The Nigerian government asked the Benin Republic government to repatriate Sunday Igboho. In fact, we heard they had even sent an aircraft to be used to bring him down to Abuja.
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“The Benin government made its Nigerian counterpart understand that the country is not lawless. They insisted on following the legal procedure and said without going to court, we can’t hand over Igboho to you.
“That was why I criticised the hasty transfer of Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria. Now, the Federal Government wants Abba Kyari to go to court before he is transferred to the United States. And this is what the government should have done in the case of Kanu.
“There are too many injustices in Nigeria and this is not good.”
In a related development, kinsmen of Igboho, under the aegis of the Oke Ogun Development Consultative Forum. has urged both the Nigerian government and its Benionise counterpart to respect the fundamental rights of the agitator during his trial in court.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the demand was made in a jointly signed statement by the group's president, Dr. Olusegun Ajuwon, and spokesman, Jare Ajayi.
Falana had earlier called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, to process an extradition request from the US concerning Kyari.
The senior lawyer said Nigeria must respect international treaties and ensure justice is served.
He added that the Special Investigative Panel set up the Inspection General of Police on the matter under review should do a thorough job.
Abba Kyari controversial Facebook post
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kyari deleted a social media post where he defended himself against the FBI that he got money from Hushpuppi.
After media reports quoting FBI documents reported that Kyari was mentioned by Hushpuppi, the police officer took to his Facebook page to deny the allegations.
He has since deleted the Facebook post on his page with almost 500,000 followers.