A federal high court in Abuja has rejected a request by the federal government to extradite suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Abba Kyari, to the United States to face criminal charges.
On Monday, August 29, Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo ruled that the extradition request submitted by the Attorney General of the Federation AGF on behalf of the Federal Government was without merit and subject to rejection.
Ekwo added that since Abba Kyari was already on trial in Nigeria for the accusations made against him in America, the Federal Government has no justification for requesting his extradition. The Extradition Act, he said, forbids the surrender of a defendant who is currently facing criminal charges in a local court.
The Judge also asked why the AGF had requested extradition since he had also given the National Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) a fiat to bring charges against Kyari relating to drug trafficking.
“The AGF could not say that he was not aware of the pending proceeding against the defendant which was entered against him by the NDLEA.”