Abba Kyari’s plight is similar to Igboho’s case, Falana decries FG favouritism.

Chief Femi Falana, SAN, Human rights lawyer, has lambasted the federal government for seeking the extradition of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho from the Benin Republic to Nigeria.
Falana lamented that the same government is insisting that the arrest warrant issued against the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States will follow due process.
Falana, who stated this in an interview with BBC Yoruba on Tuesday, August 10 said the move shows that the Buhari-led government is bias.

Abba Kyari, the suspended former head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, is under investigation for alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and four others.

On the other hand, the Department of State Services had declared Sunday Igboho wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria but the activist denied the allegation.

Falana said:

“The Nigerian government asked the Benin Republic government to repatriate Sunday Igboho. In fact, we heard they had even sent an aircraft to be used to bring him down to Abuja.

lawless. They insisted on following the legal procedure and said without going to court, we can’t hand over Igboho to you.

”This is how it should be under the law; the judge will scrutinise Nigeria’s extradition request from Cotonou to Abuja. That is what the laws say in the Benin Republic,that is what the laws also say in Nigeria.

“That was why I criticised the hasty transfer of Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria. Now, the Federal Government wants Abba Kyari to go to court before he is transferred to the United States. And this is what the government should have done in the case of Nnamdi Kanu

“There are too many injustices in Nigeria and this is not good.”

Meanwhile, Following the indictment of Abba Kyari by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has said the law would be followed on the cop’s possible extradition.

PM News reports that a US court had ordered Abba Kyari’s arrest over his involvement with a suspected international fraudster, Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

It was gathered that while speaking in an interview with Voice Of America (VOA) on Thursday, August 5, AGF Malami said that though there was a bilateral agreement between Nigeria and the US, guidelines must be followed.

He explained:

“Yes, we have a bilateral agreement between Nigeria and the US on extraditing anyone who commits any offence in any of the countries, be it Nigeria or the United States but there are guidelines.

“And the guidelines are when the country writes a letter to the foreign affairs ministry, and the foreign affairs will send to the minister of justice, so the court will give permission for extradition of any one to go and answer some questions in United states based on the allegations.

I am not saying Abba Kyari will be extradited but the law will be followed judiciously before taking any action.”

Also, the Coalition of Northern Groups has alleged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have outrightly breached Abba Kyari’s fundamental right to a fair hearing.

According to the group, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), was not given the benefit of being heard before hasty actions were taken against him by both the FBI and the NPF .

The group, therefore, demanded that the suspension of Abba Kyari be immediately reviewed and his case transferred to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency.

They insisted on the non-repatriation of Abba Kyari for trial in America, stressing that his case is adequately covered by Nigerian laws and competently triable by Nigerian courts.

The northern group called on all human rights lawyers and civil liberties organizations in northern Nigeria to rise in defence of Kyari.