COURT STRIKES OUT FG SUIT SEEKING TO EXTRADITE ABBA KYARI TO US.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on August 29, 2022
An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has thrown out a suit seeking to extradite Abba Kyari, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, to the United States.
Justice Inyang Ekwo struck out the suit on Monday while ruling on the Extradition application filed on behalf of the Federal government by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja ruled that the suit to extradite Kyari to the United States was incompetent and brought in bad faith.
While Kyari’s counsel prayed the court to refuse the extradition request on the grounds that he committed no offense to warrant extraditing him to the U.S., the FG counsel had asked the court to discountenance Kyari’s arguments.
The judge had fixed today for ruling on the application after listening to arguments and submissions from both parties in the suit at the last adjourned date.
On April 29, 2021, a three-count charge was filed against Kyari before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, USA.
The three-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft, as well as aiding and abetting offense.
On Feb 14, 2022, Kyari was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and was later arraigned in court but pleaded not guilty to the charges proffered against him by the NDLEA.
In his ruling, the judge held that the application was incompetent and lacked merit.
He said the FG had no grounds to file an extradition request after putting the defendant (Abba Kyari) on trial in Nigeria for the allegation of which his extradition was sought in the U.S.
Consequently, the Judge dismissed the suit.