The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has recommended an immediate suspension of the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari.
This is pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations on him.
The IGP in a letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, said that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, was in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.
He said suspension should help to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against Kyari without interference.
According to him the suspension was without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.
The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprises four Senior Police Officers, and is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
The SIP, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.
Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.