- The probe panel has submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, two weeks after it was directed to probe Abba Kyari
- Reports revealed that the special investigation panel, headed by Joseph Egbunike, submitted its findings to the IGP on Monday, August 16
- The panel had earlier submitted the report but it was rejected by the police boss because the panel was reportedly too lenient on Kyari
FCT, Abuja - The special investigation panel has submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, two weeks after it was directed to probe the former head of the intelligence response team, Abba Kyari.
The Punch reported that the four-man panel headed by the deputy inspector general of police in charge of the force criminal investigations department, Joseph Egbunike, submitted its findings to the IGP on Monday, August 16.
The deputy commissioner of police, Kyari, is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a $1.1m internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by an Instagram influencer, Abbas Ramon, better known as Hushpuppi and four others.
Following this development, the IGP on Sunday, August 1, recommended the suspension of the DCP to the police service commission with effect from Saturday, July 31.
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The police boss also set up the SIP to investigate the allegations levelled against him. Kyari was then replaced at the IRT by Tunji Disu, also a DCP.
During its sittings, Kyari appeared several times before the panel where he denied the allegations of conniving with Hushpuppi to perpetrate fraud.
It was gathered that the SIP sessions with Kyari were relaxed and cordial, a situation that gave the DCP the confidence that he would be absolved of the allegations.
Another report by ReubenAbati indicates that the panel submitted the report earlier but it was rejected by the IGP for being too soft on Kyari.
The police have denied media reports that the report was submitted
A statement by the police read:
“Members of the public are enjoined to note that the panel has not submitted its report to the Inspector General of Police, as being wrongly reported in some news outlets and online platforms.
“The Force hereby reassures the public that the outcome of investigations by the probe panel would be communicated accordingly upon conclusion of the investigations.”
Dino Melaye speaks on Hushpuppi allegations
Melaye in a video posted on his official Instagram page on Monday, August 9, said the social media reports suggesting Hushpuppi helped him launder $31million is false.
He said if the report is true, he will need $1 million from the purported money laundered, saying those who began the rumour can keep the remaining $30 million.