UPDATED: PSC sets up fresh panel to probe Abba Kyari

By our reporter/  The Police Service Commission on Thursday said it has set up an in-house panel to study in detail the documents presented by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which indicted the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

Kyari, a former head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, was alleged to have been bribed by a suspected internet fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi.

The former head of the IRT team was probed by a Police investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and headed by Joseph Egbunike, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police shortly after he was indicted by the FBI.

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However, a fresh panel that was set up by the Police Service Commission is being headed by Barr. Tijani Mohammed, Director, Department of Police Discipline in the commission.

The panel was inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the commission, Alhaji Abubakar Ismaila.

According to a statement by PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the new panel would examine the facts of the allegations as contained in the FBI indictment, as well as the extant rules to keep abreast with the matter, pending the submission of the police investigative panel report.

It would also gather and document relevant information on Kyari in view of it being a disciplinary matter, adding that the idea was to analyse the information gathered and make appropriate recommendations to the commission.

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The PSC spokesman said the report of the panel would assist the commission take an informed decision after the submission of the police investigative panel report.

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