This week’s life stories look at the entanglement between DCP Abba Kyari, a highly celebrated police officer and Ramon Abbas, also known
as Hushpuppi, an extravagant fraudster, who just admitted to committing a lot of internet fraud in a US court where he indicted Kyari.
Rachael believes that something is seriously missing in the whole situation. According to her, the Nigeria Police Force is not transparent as there is more to it than the DCP Abba Kyari and Hushpuppi brouhaha.
Speaking on the suspension of Kyari, Rachael said it is a wrong thing to do because by doing that they have passed judgment already.
Should Kyari be extradited to the US or be made to face the laws in Nigeria, Rachael said yes.
According to her, since it is the US court that indicted him, he should be made to face the laws there if found guilty after the police investigation.
While advising other police officers to avoid such entanglement in the future, she said police officers must learn that justice may run slowly but, it will surely come to pass.
Nats believes that the Nigeria police is right to suspend Kyari and ensure due diligence.
The Nigeria police said it is following its own internal disciplinary procedure, so I will encourage them to make sure justice is done,served and seen by all.
Should Kyari be extradited to the US or be made to face the laws in Nigeria, he said I don’t believe that Nigeria has brought up any case of crime against Kyari, so he does not have any case to answer. If he must face court outside the country where the crime has been alleged against him, it must follow the due process of international relations and bilateral, multilateral agreements.
He further said every human being is prone to crime, we must all realise that in some spheres the consequences will come some day even if not immediately. We must have this always at the back of our minds.
Chizoba in her submission, said the development is an indication of the prevailing situation in the country.
Unfortunately, even the most hardworking person can be compromised, rubbishing all their track records.
Though Kyari remains innocent until found guilty, the evidence provided by the FBI is rather daunting.
It is also unfortunate that he had rushed to respond making it seem like he was trying to cover up.
This is made worse by the fact that his response wasn’t good enough.
On suspension, she said I think the NPF is right in suspending him.
This will send a clear message that they intend to do an independent and thorough job of the internal probe/investigation.
Expectation is that at the end of the day, if Kyari is innocent, he will be exonerated, however, if he is found guilty he may be dismissed.
On the issue of extradition, I think he should be tried in Nigeria because the alleged crime occurred here not in the USA.
Kasim believes the Nigeria police is right to suspend Kyari.
He also said if indicted, he should be made to face the laws in Nigeria.
Nigeria is a sovereign state and that should be respected.
According to him, the indictment is a dent on the image of the country and a blow to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
He tasked the Nigeria police on good investigation to ensure justice.
According to him, the Nigeria police should do a thorough job by not interfering with current investigation.
Charles’ summation on the issue is both personal and deep since he has had a personal encounter with DCP Kyari.
First, in my personal capacity as a cybersecurity expert, I knew that Hushpuppi was a fraud. By close observation, I knew he was involved in internet scam. I said this many years before he was arrested.
I understand the passion and compassion of Kyari and I also know that what is a strength on one hand can be a weakness on the other hand.
This is the major lesson you should take home – your kindness can be a strength but also a weakness. Your ability to build friendships with both the poor and rich can be a strength and also a weakness.
Kyari is not a friend of only the rich, he is a friend of the poor, the old and the young. This was his greatest strength but also his greatest weakness.
Hushpuppi took advantage of that strength and used it as a weakness to control, manipulate and now drag him into his mess.
Having studied the communication between Hushpuppi and Kyari, I know for sure that the FBI wants his head on a plate. I know the I understand FBI mentality. My job brings me in the way of major security agencies around the world and I am trained to understand how they operate individually. At this point, the FBI is not after Kyari but the entire Nigerian Police Force. The FBI is angry with how the Nigerian police treats wealthy internet fraudsters and they feel that by going for our most decorated, they will achieve their aim. If you study the US court report, you will understand that the indictment wasn’t actually on Kyari but on the Nigerian police and the alleged monetary transactions were not paid to Abba as a person but an entire Police team. Now the FBI knows that they can’t go for an entire team of the Police force of a sovereign nation so they are using the media to blow hot on the team. Just in case you don’t know, the Nigerian government will do her best to protect her most decorated officer because by so doing, they are also protecting the NPF. The same way that FBI will not deliver their agent to Nigeria to answer to any allegation, is the same way Nigeria will resist delivering Kyari to the FBI.
While we condemn the relationship Kyari maintained with Hushpuppi, we must also understand that he too was manipulated by Hushpuppi. The court papers revealed that Hushpuppi told him that Vincent is taking his job (the job wasn’t specified). Remember that Hushpuppi packaged himself as a Real Estate investor, Influencer who was a brand ambassador to many top brands including Gucci. I believe Kyari may have been a victim of Hushpuppi’s manipulation. Hushpuppi had a way of convincing everyone around him that he was legit. He was good with words and manipulation.
This is why I choose to stay far from Monied Nigerians who became wealthy over night. I don’t want to get close because I know that by getting close, you will have the opportunity to manipulate me, so I stay away.
In conclusion, I know Kyari will come out of this stronger and wiser. Like my father, he has helped many aged pensioners to get justice and have fought for justice for those whose loved ones were kidnapped by the likes of Wadume and Evans. Kyari is not what the FBI and media are making him to look like. Evans could have paid him billions of naira. Wadume could have paid even more but he chose to bring these billionaire suspects to justice.
While I am grossly disappointed by his relationship with Hushpuppi, I still believe that he will have a second chance to separate himself
from these events and focus on the huge responsibility that Nigeria
has placed on him.
May we all learn how to disconnect from people who do not share our
values because a day may come when they will drag us into their mess.