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By GBENGA OMOKHUNU, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Tunji Disu as the new head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

The posting of Disu, the IGP said, is on the heels of Management’s decision to fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.

DCP Abba Kyari, who occupied the post, was suspended at the weekend following his alleged involvement in the sharing of $1.1m loot by internet fraudstar Hushpuppi, according to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A statement on Monday by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has today, 2nd August, 2021 approved the posting of DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

“The IGP has charged the new Head of the IRT to demonstrate his professional competence in his leadership of the Unit.

“He also assured citizens that the IRT will remain focused in the discharge of its duties in line with national statutes and international best practices.

“Prior to his appointment as the new Head of the IRT, DCP Tunji Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“He had also previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit. He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.

“DCP Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University (LASU) and a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State.

“He has also attended several professional courses both at home and abroad: Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana, Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK, Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others.

“He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, amongst other professional bodies”.

The posting, Baba said, is with immediate effect.

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 20:25 Written by

By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja and Tajudeen Adebanjo/ THE NATION

The Police have begun probe of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abba Kyari, for his alleged involvement in internet fraud perpetuated by Rahman Abba (aka Hushpuppi).

The commencement of the investigation followed the Police Service Commission’s (PSC ) approval of a four-man special committee set up by Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali to review the allegations against Kyari by the United States Government.

PSC also approved Alkali’s recommendation for the suspension of the DCP pending the outcome of the probe. The suspension commenced on Saturday.

Kyari, who heads the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigerian Police Force, has since denied any involvement in the fraud as contained in documents presented to a U.S court by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The IGP had in a letter to the PSC dated July 31, explained that his request for Kyari’s suspension was is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the NPF.

The letter partly reads: “The suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.”

Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said the four-member panel probing the suspended officer is headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Joseph Egbunike.

He however, did not give the names of the three other SIP members in his statement.

Mba’s statement reads: ”The SIP, comprising four senior police officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the FBI.

“The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.”

The IGP, said Mba, reaffirmed the commitment of the NPF to the rule of law and absolute respect for the rights and privileges of Kyari throughout the period of the investigations.

“The PSC however, directed the IGP yesterday to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary action.

“The commission’s decision was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the IGP today (Sunday, August 1),” was signed by the commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, and Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a Justice of the Supreme Court and PSC Commissioner.”

Posted On Monday, 02 August 2021 14:55 Written by

By: Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba had recommended immediate suspension of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari from the Nigeria Police Force pending outcome of an ongoing internal investigation involving him.

Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, was indicted by a US Court in California over alleged involvement in internet fraud of over a $1.1million by with Ramoni Abba aka Hushpuppi.

Kyari has since denied any involvement in the internet fraud case which victim was said to be a Qatari businessman.

But the IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July 2021, noted the recommendation for suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

He said: “The suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

“The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.”

A four- man panel has been set up by the IGP to investigate the FBI’s indictment.

The panel is expected to thoroughly review documents sent to the Police Force by the FBI.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.”

Posted On Sunday, 01 August 2021 13:53 Written by

By Stephanie Busari and Nimi Princewill, CNN Updated 6:40 AM ET, Fri July 30, 2021

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)A high-ranking Nigerian police officer is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly making an arrest at the request of Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering, according to the US Justice Department.

Nigerian police spokesman Frank Mba sent a statement to CNN confirming that they received an indictment for Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari from the FBI and an internal investigation has been ordered.
"Sequel to the receipt of allegations and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba ... has ordered an internal review of the allegations," the statement said.

'Arranged arrest'

Court documents cited by the Justice Department allege an undisclosed sum was paid to Kyari by Abbas, who pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering through cybercrime schemes on April 20, according to documents which were only unsealed Wednesday.
Abbas also admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessman of more than $1 million, the US Justice Department said in a Wednesday statement.
The alleged scam nearly fell apart after one of the group, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, tried to tip-off their Qatari victim about the million-dollar fraud, the Justice Department said in the court papers.
Abbas is accused of arranging to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Kyari, "who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas' behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest," according to the court documents.
Kyari, 46, is a highly-decorated officer, who was conferred with a Presidential medal for courage from Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. The FBI alleges he sent Abbas bank details for an account where he could paid for agreeing to arrest Vincent.
They succeeded in defrauding the unnamed businessman of $1.1m and part of the stolen money was used to "purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi's social media posts," prosecutors said.
Abbas also used part of the proceeds to allegedly acquire "St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts," according to official documents.
The Los Angeles-based lawyer representing Abbas, Louis Shapiro, told CNN on Thursday that he did not advise Hushpuppi to plead guilty. Shapiro declined to comment further on the case, adding, "I don't comment on cases that I handle."

Police officer denies

Kyari denied the claims in a Facebook post on Thursday, saying Vincent's arrest was carried out based on Abbas' "distress call" following threats made to his family.
"Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2 years ago that somebody in Nigeria seriously threatened to kill his family here in Nigeria and he sent the person's phone number and pleaded we take action before the person attacks his family," Kyari said on social media.
"Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted," he added.
Attempts to reach Vincent have been unsuccessful.
Abbas was a lavish spender who claimed to be a real estate developer and was famous for tossing wads of cash and flaunting his Rolls Royces, luxury watches, and designer clothing on Instagram where he has amassed more than two million followers.
He was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in June last year after local police raided his Dubai apartment.
Abbas was handed over to FBI agents to face trial in the US on charges of money laundering through cybercrime schemes..
Nearly $41 million in cash, 13 luxury cars valued at around $6.8 million, and phone and computer evidence containing more than 100,000 fraud files and the addresses of nearly two million possible victims were found during the raid, according to Dubai Police.

Posted On Friday, 30 July 2021 12:18 Written by

By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has ordered an internal review of the allegations leveled against the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari.

The investigation follows Kyari’s alleged involvement in the $ 1.1 million loot bribe involving celebrity internet fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abba, Alias Huspuppi.

The IGP vowed to inform the general public of the outcome of the internal investigation.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

“The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.

“Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly”.

Posted On Thursday, 29 July 2021 23:50 Written by

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna/ THE NATION

Justice Gideon Kurada of Kaduna High Court has discharged and acquited leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

The IMN leader and his wife stood trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, among other criminal charges since December 2015, following a clash between his followers and convoy of the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai in Zaria.

The court had fixed July 28 for ruling in the no-case submission filed by Zakzaky.

Justice Gideon Kurada had fixed the date after the prosecution and counsel to the defendants addressed the court on the no-case submission prayer

Briefing journalists after the secret trial, counsel to Zakzaky, Marshal Abubakar, said the court upheld their no-case submission and agreed the case lacks merit.

Details Shortly….

Posted On Wednesday, 28 July 2021 23:23 Written by

By Abankula with Kadiri Abdulrahman/ PM NEWS

Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele said the apex bank will not renew the operating licences of Bureaux de Change (BDCs).

Simultaneously, he said the bank will stop selling the weekly $20,000 to the,.

Emefiele, who spoke shortly after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, accused BDCs of deliberate economic sabotage and misusing the weekly allocation to them.
He also accused international agencies and embassies operating in Nigeria of illegally patronising BDCs.

According to him, international development finance institutions, embassies and others are supposed to patronise the importer and exporter window, where there is transparency.

Henceforth, previous allocation of foreign exchange to BDCs will now be given to banks to sell to customers, he said.

As of November last year, the CBN had licensed 2,991 BDCs.

Out of them, 1,777 were registered in Lagos and the entire Southern Nigeria, while the remaining 1,214 were registered in Northern Nigeria.

There is a wide gap of about N100 between the official dollar exchange rate and the BDC rate.

BDCs and regulation

” The BDCs were regulated to sell a maximum of 5000 dollars per day, but CBN observed that they have since been flouting that regulation and selling millions of dollars per day.

“The CBN also observed that the BDCs aid illicit financial flows and other financial crimes. The bank has thus, decided to discontinue the sale of forex to the BDCs with immediate effect.

“We shall, henceforth, channel all forex allocation through the commercial banks,” he said.

He urged the commercial banks to ensure that every deserving customer got his forex demand, adding that any bank found circumventing the new system would be sanctioned.

“Once a customer presents all required documentation to purchase forex, the commercial banks should ensure they get the forex.

“Any customer that is denied should contact the CBN on 0700385526 or through the email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ” he said.

Stakeholders have been calling on the CBN and its MPC to take urgent steps to halt unending depreciation of the Naira.

Recently, a past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Mr Okechukwu Unegbu, urged the MPC to focus on policy decisions that would curb rising inflation and stabilise the Naira.

Posted On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 23:33 Written by

By Saxone Akhaine, Abdulganiyu Alabi (Kaduna) Ahmadu Baba Idris (Birnin Kebbi)/ GUARDIAN.NG

Muslim group urges FG to address insecurity

Twenty-eight students of Bethel Baptist School in Kaduna regained freedom from kidnappers on Saturday night, as negotiation by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other stakeholders for the release of the remaining 87 continued with the armed bandits.

A woman and her children that were kidnapped from Kachia were also freed by the bandits the same night.

The 28 students were brought to the Bethel school premises to reunite with their parents. The students had been with bandits for 20 days.

Kaduna CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, said yesterday: “Twenty-eight of the Bethel Baptist School Students were released to us on Saturday night. Before now, six of them were released, making 34 of them that have been released. We have 87 of them that are still with the bandits. We are trusting God that something will be done and we will have a way out of the problem.”

Hayab, who was silent on the issue of ransom said: “We will not deny or confirm that ransom was paid. This is because their parents were involved. Let me explain to you why we don’t want to go into that. We still have 87 with them there. If we start talking about it, it will jeopardise our negotiation.”
BUT the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Israel Akanji, said the convention did not pay ransom to secure the release of the student, as Baptists don’t believe in ransom payment to evil-doers.

The Convention is the umbrella body for Baptist congregations in the country.

Akanji said this after handing over the released children to their parents who thronged the school premises to pick their children.

“What we said when we came originally was that we, as a church, do not believe in ransom payment and we will not pay any ransom because it is not right to pay people who have done what is wrong in order for release the children,” he said when asked whether ransom was paid to secure the students’ release.

“The kidnappers did not just release the 28 students; they also released one woman and her children that were kidnapped from Kachia. We asked our driver to take her in a bus to Kachia, her village; so that we can attend to the students.”

THE Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has called on the Federal Government to urgently find lasting solution to the issue of kidnapping and related vices in the country.

In a statement in Birnin Kebbi yesterday by the National President of MSSN, Shehu Abubakar, stressed the need for federal and state governments to intensify efforts towards ensuring that life and property were protected.

“The ultimate responsibility of every government is to maintain peace in the society. The rate of crime is alarming,” he added.

Posted On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 02:47 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou-based lawyers of embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has decried the unfair treatment of his client in the custody of Brigade criminelle in Benin Republic.

The Nation reports the Cotonou Court of Appeal on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the suit involving Igboho to Monday.

Salami, while speaking to BBC Yoruba in a live update monitored by The Nation on Saturday said: “We are five lawyers handling his case. When we visited Sunday Adeyemo at the police station, he was not beaten but what they did that is alien to the law here is that they handcuffed him inside the police cell after locking the cell.

“This makes eating and movement within the cell difficult for him to the extent that someone has been helping him in this regard.

“Apart from being a lawyer, I am also a professor of law at a university here in Benin Republic.

“Part of what we teach our students is human rights. Human rights frown at the action of the police.

“I called the attention of the police commander and the prosecutor to this but still nothing changed.

“At the moment, Sunday Igboho’s hands are in chains at the police station. This is not good at all.”

Posted On Saturday, 24 July 2021 21:41 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Founder of The Living Faith Church International aka Winners’ Chapel Bishop David Oyedepo has broken his silence on the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.

He was reacting to allegation by one of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, that they were sacked for not generating enough income.

Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed: “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.

“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”

Nigerians reacted massively to the issue on social media with some stating it was within the rights of the church to hire and fire while others said the church was wrong to use income generation to evaluate pastors.

Speaking to the church on the matter, Oyedepo said the sacked pastors were “unfruitful and blatant failure.”

He said: “People are confused about our Ministry. I learnt some fellows said, “you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.

“We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.

“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.

“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.

“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

He said the sack was not about money. According to him: “Money? Nonsense. We have never lacked it and yet we have never prayed for it.

“We are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God.”

Posted On Friday, 23 July 2021 02:14 Written by
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