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Abba Kyari: Federal High Court to rule on US extradition request Monday

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Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari will know his fate on Monday when Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court rules on the Federal Government’s suit seeking his extradition to the United States.

The US federal prosecutors had furnished the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami SAN with an alleged money laundering case involving Kyari and an internet fraudster, Hushpuppi, who has already been convicted in the US for internet fraud, and awaiting sentencing by 21 September.

The US government therefore requested for Kyari’s extradition to face trial before its court.

In the extradition suit, Kyari’s lawyer, Nureni Jimoh SAN, had urged the court to strike out the application because his client, according to him, informed the AGF and police authorities months before his arrest that he wanted to maintain communications with Hushpuppi for the purpose of luring him back to Nigeria.

He contended that while the Federal Government wants to desert his client over developments on Hushpuppi and turning blind eye to the professionalism associated with his role as suspended cop, the US are levelling baseless allegations against him (Kyari).

But the AGF’s lawyer, Pius Akuta said that since Kyari’s name has been entered as a defendant before the US court, he ought to appear at the proceedings to defend himself.

Although the Federal High Courts will not end their annual vacation until 16 September, it was gathered that Justice Ekwo, who is not part of the vacation judges in Abuja division, will sit on Monday to give judgment on the case.

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