Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the service, pending the outcome of ongoing internal investigations involving him.
In a statement issued by the IGP, through the Force public relations officer, Frank Mba, a commissioner of police, Baba noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
He noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF special investigation panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.
The IGP added that the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
The statement read:
“The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.”
The IGP, however, reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the rule of law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.