Kyari to explain wooing fellow officers into a drug plot
By Valentine Amanze
Nigeria’s “Super Cop”, Abba Kyari, is no longer a happy man. He has lost his freedom.
The highly decorated police officer in Nigeria was arrested by the Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday February 14, 2022 over suspission that he belonged to an international drugs cartel, police source said.
Before his arrest on Monday, Abba Kyari was already suspended for allegedly helping self-avowed fraudster, Hushpuppi, to launder his money in the U.S.
Officials alleged that Kyari asked a colleague to help him siphon off part of a cocaine haul.
BBC had reported that Kyari was caught on camera handing over $61,400 (£45,400) in cash.
Kyari has not yet commented on the allegations.
Recall that the NDLEA had declared Kyari a wanted man, accusing him of being “a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline”.
He was arrested on Monday along with four other officers –
Sunday Ubuah, Bawa James, Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu – following a “high-level discreet” investigation, a police statement said. It added that one other officer – John Umoru – remained “at large”.
As part of its investigations, Nigerian police also said that a number of anti-drugs officers at the international airport of the South-Eastern city of Enugu was found to be “on the payroll” of the same cartel Kyari is accused of working for.
Kyari, 46, once had a reputation of being a “super cop” who investigated big criminal cases.
He received a presidential medal of courage from President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in 2016 after his team rescued three kidnapped schoolgirls in Lagos.
He was also honoured by the Lagos State government, winning the top award for gallantry three years in a row between 2011 and 2013, and he was known for fraternising with politicians and celebrities.
But he was suspended from the force in August last year after the U.S. instituted indictment proceedings against him, following allegations that he facilitated payments to Nigerian police personnel from Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abbas.