A legal practitioner, Festus Ogun has claimed that Abba Kyari’s extradition to the United States, as desired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, may be hampered by the narcotics case against him (FBI).
Ramon Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi is being investigated by the FBI for business email compromise (BEC) and money laundering.
The agency requested that Nigeria give over the sanctioned police officer in August 2021 so that he may reply to the allegations leveled against him.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested Kyari and others on Monday for alleged ties to an international narcotics syndicate.
The ex-Police IRT commander is accused of assisting a Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria network in tampering with the investigation into the NDLEA’s seizure of 25 kilograms of cocaine.
Festus Ogun said: “While it is desirable that the NDLEA gets to the root of this drug cartel matter involving Abba Kyari by ensuring that those found wanting after thorough investigation are charged, such an action will only succeed in hindering and frustrating his extradition.
“The law remains that no individual can be successfully extradited from Nigeria to any other country if a criminal proceeding, different from the fugitive’s extradition’s crime, is pending in a Nigerian court.”
“Even where the NDLEA goes ahead to prosecute Kyari for his drug related crimes, the Attorney-General has enormous powers under Section 174(1)(c) of the 1999 Constitution to discontinue to give way for his extradition proceedings”, he added.