Top Abuja lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo has called for due process to be followed in the handling of allegations against Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
Three persons were named along with a Kyari as co-accused in a $1.1 million transnational cyber-fraud orchestrated by international fraudster Ramon Abbas better known as Hushpuppi.
Ajulo in an op-ed sent to Frontline News Online, argued that the Attorney-General of Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN must handle the matter professionally.
“Abba Kyari’s alleged US indictment is an unfortunate situation involving our star cop in Nigeria. However his extradition is not automatic, strict adherence to international and municipal legal mechanisms have to be observed before extradition can take place.
The Attorney-General of Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN has an humongous task ahead in this saga as event unfolds”, he stated.
Ajulo said: “It is unequivocal that Nigeria is a sovereign state and a citizen of Nigeria cannot be expelled/extradited from the country without strict adherence to the provisions of the Constitution and International protocols. What is more, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America are bound by the provisions of the Extradition Treaty signed with the United States of America on December 22, 1931 (entered into force on June 24, 1935) including the Extradition Act of 1966, (Extradition Modification) Order, 2014, Extradition Act (Proceedings) Rules, 2015 and other International Protocols”.
“For a starter, by the provision of Section 6 of the Extradition Act, a request for the surrender of a fugitive criminal of any country shall be made in writing to the Attorney-General by a diplomatic representative or consular officer of that country and shall be accompanied by a duly authenticated warrant of arrest or certificate of conviction issued in that country.
“Thereafter, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation would have to conduct a discreet and thorough investigation into the said allegations and upon the conclusion of same, if there is any prima facie case against DCP Abba Kyari, commence extradition processes against him in a Court of competent jurisdiction within the Nigerian Territory and obtain an Order of Court in line before he can be extradited to the United States of America”.
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