The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has issued a statement explaining his actions regarding the request for the extradition of the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
Kyari was accused of committing wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.
He was also accused of working with Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, who has pleaded guilty to Internet fraud.
A grand jury in April 2021 filed an indictment against Kyari with the approval of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
On Wednesday, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), filed an application before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for Kyari’s extradition.
Recently, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also secured the arrest and detention of Kyari and five other officers in connection with a drug deal.
In a statement on Thursday signed by Umar Gwandu, media aide to the AGF, Malami explained what extradition of crime suspects entails.
He said, “As you are aware extradition is a process that involves multifaceted components. The components are usually multi-territorial; international, local and judicial.
“Submission of request from the concerned party to the relevant authorities constitutes one of such components. The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice received the extradition request in respect of the officer in question.
“After thorough studies and reviews of issues regarding the application and components thereof, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice processed the application and forwarded same to the relevant authorities for further necessary action.”