Court adjourns Kyari’s extradition suit

Proceeding in Abba Kyari’s planned extradition to the United States again suffered a setback at the Federal Court in Abuja on Wednesday.

Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police and former Head of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, is accused of alleged involvement in a wire fraud involving an Instagram celebrity, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Kyari is meant to be handed over to the US government for his alleged complicity.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, filed an extradition application at the Federal High Court in Abuja following a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the US Embassy in Abuja.

Malami said the request from the US authorities is “for the surrender of Abba Alhaji Kyari, who is a subject in a superseding three counts indictment.”

In his argument, counsel for the AGF, Pius Akuta, told Justice Inyang Ekwo that the case was for “preliminary hearing.”

Countering, Kyari’s lawyer, Nureni Jimoh (SAN), told the court that he had not been served with relevant court papers.

At the proceeding, Akuta undertook to serve the necessary court documents on Kyari within two days.

Justice Ekwo therefore directed Kyari’s lawyer to, upon service, respond to the court papers within 14 days, and that the case has been adjourned to April 27 for continuation of hearing.

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