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ABBA KYARI: COURT FIXES AUG 29 FOR JUDGMENT IN EXTRADITION CASE

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed August 29 for judgment in a suit seeking to extradite suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari to the United States of America for trial in alleged internet fraud.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo made the decision on Friday following arguments for and against the suit by the parties involved.

Kyari, whose arguments were presented by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Nureni Jimoh, asked the court to refuse the extradition request on the ground that he committed no offence to warrant the Federal Government to ferry him to America.

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The suspended Police officer informed the Court that more than a year before his arrest, he had written the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) notifying them that he had opened a channel of communication with a suspected internet fraudster, Ramon Abass popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Kyari explained that the purpose was to give confidence to the suspected fraudster and lure him to come to Nigeria where an ambush was already laid for a sting operation by his own strike force.

He also informed the court that American authorities once commended him for the commitment he was exhibiting in the battle against internet fraud.

Stating further, he said that the wire fraud charge brought against him by the American government is not known as an offence under Extradition Act and therefore, should not be allowed by the court to be used to extradite him.

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