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Court shifts hearing on Abba Kyari’s extradition to US

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, deferred hearing on the application seeking to extradite the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari to the USA, till April 27.

Kyari is wanted in the U.S to face trial over his alleged involvement with a internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.

When the matter was called up on Wednesday, Kyari’s lawyer, Mr. Nureni Jimoh, SAN, told the court that his client was yet to be served with any of the processes the AGF filed against him.

Nureni said there was no way his client would have been able to respond to the extradition request since he was not served.

Responding, counsel to the AGF, Mr Pius Akutah, admitted that the Respondent was yet to be served with processes in the application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022.

He said the inability of the office of the AGF to serve the Respondent was due to the drug trafficking charge the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, also entered against Kyari, before the court.

Akutah, argued that he has 14 days within which he could still affect the service in accordance with the law.

While adjourning the case, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the Applicant (AGF) to ensure that DCP Kyari was served before the next date.

The court held that upon service of the processes, Kyari, would be at liberty to file his response within 14 days.

It further gave an extra seven days for the parties to perfect the filing processes.

Kyari, who hitherto headed the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, is currently answering to an eight-count charge the NDLEA preferred against him a six others.