Hushpuppi: Malami Speaks On Kyari’s Alleged Involvement In Money Laundry

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The minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has charged the Nigeria Police Force to intensify its investigations into Abba Kyari’s links to criminal gangs and alleged involvement in money laundering.

This is coming after the younger brother of the suspended police officer was linked to ₦279.120m collected from internet fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi and others.

Malami in his legal advice noted that a prima facie case of money laundering had been established against Kyari by police leadership.

The advice read in part, “That there exists a prima facie case of conspiracy, collaboration, receipt, conversion, transfer and/or retention of proceeds of unlawful activities contrary to the provision of Section 15, 17 & 18 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and Section 17 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Est) Act, Cap EI Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 against DCP Abba Kyari and other suspects gave the overwhelming evidence showing the nature of his disguised financial transactions and activities with Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waziri Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala and Sharon Festus who are all confirmed members of international internet fraud network.

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Although the facts and circumstances of this case as contained in the case fire are suggestive to money laundering offences against DCP Abba Kyari and his accomplices namely: Abbas Hushpuppi, Efe Martins, Usman Ibrahim Waziri, Sikiru Adekoya, Hussaini Ala and Sharon Festus; to successfully prosecute them, there is a need for a more thorough dissecting and tracing of the suspected 33 proceeds of crime received by DCP Abba Kyari directly or indirectly through the said accomplices.”

Malami directed the police to trace the movement of money, withdrawals from the various accounts linked to Kyari and his suspected accomplices as well as the use of the funds in purchasing physical assets and properties to expose “the disguised nature of the suspected proceeds of crime.”

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