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Rights group accuses Malami of blocking Abba Kyari’s extradition to US

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and some political power brokers in the North of blocking the extradition of Abba Kyari to the United States of America to face trial.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation requested that Kyari be tried in the United States over alleged association with internet fraudster Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.

But HURIWA, through a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, alleged that the AGF office allowed the extradition of Kyari to linger to nearly a year before it announced at the week that the Federal government is willing to extradite the hitherto respected top cop.

Also, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reportedly filed eight counts against Kyari before a Federal High Court and that Kyari would be arraigned on March 7.

The DCP has been kept in NDLEA custody since February 14 when he was arrested for attempting to sell 25kg of cocaine.

HURIWA said: The AGF and some northern political forces must be on a conspiratorial mission because as long as Kyari is facing charges in Nigeria, he cannot be extradited to the US based on the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and the United States.”

The group, however, added that it is either that the AGF is not even aware that NDLEA had filed charges or he knew but still authorised the filing of an extradition application even when aspects of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and the USA says no extradition will happen if the accused person is facing same or another charge or charges at the time of filing the extradition application.

“Malami needs to explain why his office did not ask the NDLEA not to file charges so the extradition application goes first,” it said.

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