5th September, 2022
The Federal Government has in a fresh suit filed against disgraced super cop, Abba Kyari, unveiled his tremendous ownership of assets spread across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Maiduguri, in Borno State as well as fat bank accounts.
Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police was a former commander of Intelligence Response Team. He was nicknamed the super-cop and celebrated for his ability of his team to crack difficult cases and arrest the brains behind them.
However, he was suspended from office after he was accused of benefiting from the fraudulent activities of Dubai based Nigerian fraudster, Abbas Ramon popularly know as Hushpuppi who was arrested in June 2020, and was extradited to the U.S. where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based.
The fraudster had pleaded guilty to multi-million-dollar fraud charges filed against him by the American government.
However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also discovered that Kyari benefited from the fraudulent deals of Hushpuppi, leading to a warrant of arrest issued against him by a U.S. magistrate judge, Otis Wright.
Kyari was subsequently suspended suspension from the police and and the head of IRT by the Police Service Commission in August 2021.
While on suspension, Kyari was also caught aiding drug traffickers to bring cocaine into the country in a sting operation by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
He was also linked to illegal importation of N3 billion of tramadol by an alleged drug baron into the country.
Kyari and four members of his IRT have been arraigned on drug-related charges by the Federal Government.
Last week, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja turned down the request of Federal Government to extradite Kyari to the US over the Hushpuppi affair, citing the pending criminal case against him in Nigeria.
The Court also fixed October 19, 20 and 21st as the trial dates for the drug trial against him and his four accomplices.
But ahead of the trial, the Federal Government on 30 August filed fresh 24-count charges against Kyari listing 14 assets, including shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland which he failed to disclose his ownership of.
In the suit, filed by the Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, the Attorney-General of the Federation stated that the suspended DCP allegedly disguised his ownership of some of the properties, according to Punch newspapers.
The ex super cop had as co-defendants, Mohammed Kyari and Ali Kyari, who are believed to be his siblings.
In an affidavit in support of the charges, a litigation officer with the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services, NDLEA Stephen Kashawa, said the assets were discovered after general and financial investigation of Kyari after he was handed over by the police to the drug agency on February 14, 2022 for investigation after his indictment in dealing in cocaine.
The assets said to be owned by Kyari are listed below:
Asset at plot no 1927 Blue Fountain Estate, Karsana
Estate at Linda Chaulker Road, Asokoro Extension; plot no. 5 titled BO/4546; plot no. 9 titled BO/1037; plot no. 10 titled CER/4319 and plot no 33 titled BO/4319, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Shopping mall titled, NE/1229 and a polo playground with plot no. 270, both located in Maiduguri.
Farmland along Abuja-Kaduna road and a plaza under construction in Guzape, Abuja.
Property at plot no. 33, Bama Road, GRA Extension, Maiduguri, Borno State,
Shopping mall at number 4, Aliyu Close along Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, covered by Certificate of Occupancy no. NE/1229.
N28.4 million in GTB account number 0121075250; N65.2m in his GTB account number 0138360064; N95 million in UBA account number 1002250112 and N16.9 million in Sterling Bank account number 0072451994.
The sum of Є17,598 in two GTB accounts, N2.9 million in UBA; N366, 258.77 and N88.000 in Sterling Bank.
N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited.
The embattled ex-cop was also accused of converting N118.6 million in First bank account number 3018154763 and $30,516.36 using Polaris Bank account 2630046721.
He was also accused of converting between January and March, 2022, the sum of N40.8 million in his Polaris Bank account number 1060047951, being proceeds of unlawful activities.
The NDLEA had earlier linked six houses and one plaza with about 100 stores in Maiduguri to Kyari.
Also, six other residential houses within the Maiduguri New Government Residential Area allegedly belonging to Kyari were also marked by the NDLEA, 48 hours after e was linked to the N3 billion worth of tramadol intercepted by the then Kyari-led IRT team was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA in Lagos.