The federal government is already discussing with the United States government over possible extradition of the suspended Head of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, over the allegation against him by alleged internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas.
Popularly known as Hushpuppi, Abbas, had alleged that the police officer was involved in a $1 million scam said to have been carried out in Kenya.
The discussion of a possible extradition was made known by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Monday, on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today.
According to Malami, “the position now is that there are prima facie grounds – reasonable grounds for suspicion that have been considered from the perspective of prosecution, from the perspective of likely extradition, if the need for so doing arises.”
He said the issue had both national and international dimensions.
“It is a work in progress locally and internationally and we are doing whatever it takes to ensure justice is done within the context of the law, regardless of the personalities involved.
“Within the context of the international comity of nations, as it relates to the prosecution of cases, the international community is indeed collaborating and providing the necessary support for the purpose of ensuring that justice is done to the case with the peculiarities of the matter taken into consideration.
“So, what I am saying, in essence, is that internationally and locally, all hands are on deck.”
Malami stated that Nigeria was doing the “needful by way of supporting what America is doing for the purpose of ensuring that the cases are tried accordingly within the context of the American aspect of it, and then eventually if there is need for local prosecution, nothing as well stops it.”
He stated further: “Reasonable ground for suspicion has been established and that will eventually translate to the possibility of prosecution and eventual conviction if, indeed, at the end of the day one is adjudged guilty by a court of law.”