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Abba Kyari vs Hushpuppi : Extradition is not automatic Ajulo…4-man panel begins investigation

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By Goodluck Ikiebe

A Nigerian Human Rights lawyer,Mr Kayode Ajulo, says Abba Kyari’s alleged US indictment is an unfortunate situation involving the Nigerian star cop.

However, his extradition is not automatic, as strict adherence to international and municipal legal mechanisms have to be observed before the requested extradition can take place.

“To wit, 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”

” It is important to note that 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. 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”.

Mr Ajulo said that it is therefore clear that in this instance, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation would have to conduct a discreet and thorough investigation into the allegations levelled against DCP Abba Kyari and upon the conclusion of same, if there is any prima facie case against the acclaimed ‘supercop’, 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.

According to him, “In the course of above investigation, It is humbly suggested that the four underlisted posers should be considered;

  1. Is the offence for which DCP Abba Kyari is being charged in the United States an extraditable offence under the Extradition Act?
  2. Is the offence for which DCP Abba Kyari is being charged recognized as an offence punishable under the Nigerian Penal Laws?
  3. Whether from the aggregate of facts and evidence presented to the Court by the US Special Prosecutor against DCP Abba Kyari, there is any nexus between him and the offence of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to engage in money laundering?
  4. Whether from the aggregate of facts and evidence presented to the Court by the US Special Prosecutor, is the probable offence for which DCP Abba Kyari might be charged abuse of office which was an act done within the territory of Nigeria and within the exclusive imprimatur of the Nigerian Government, the Police Service Commission and under the territorial jurisdiction of a Nigerian Court?

Mr Kayode Ajulo concluded, “As it is, in determining Abba Kyari’s fate, the Nigerian government has a humongous task ahead as events unfold”.

FBI INDICTMENT: IGP RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION OF DCP ABBA KYARI

AS 4-MAN SPECIAL INVESTIGATION PANEL BEGINS PROBE

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations touching on him, says CP Frank Mba, force PRO.

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).

The SIP, inter alia, 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.


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Woman Says She’s ‘Having Affair’ With Chimp As Zoo Bans Her From Visiting Him

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A woman has been banned from visiting  a  chimpanzee at a zoo in Belgium after striking up a friendship with the animal – despite  wryly saying that they’re ‘having an affair’.

Adie Timmermans has been visiting Chita, a 38-year-old male chimpanzee who lives at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium, for the past four years.

During that time, she believes that they’ve  forged a bond so strong that they now love one another.

However, Antwerp Zoo has now told her she is no longer to make contact with Chita, saying he’s already been excluded by other chimps within the group.

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Adie Timmermans and Chita, the chimpanzee

Speaking to regional news channel ATV,  Timmermans said: “I love that animal and he loves me.

“I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?”

She finds it unfair that others are still able to see Chita, adding: “We’re having an affair, I’ll just say.

“Other dozens of visitors are allowed to make contact. Then why not me?”

Antwerp Zoo said that Chita’s well-being may suffer if his relationship with a human continues, and that it just wants the animal to be ‘happy’.

Credit: ATV
Credit: ATV

The zoo told Timmermans: “An animal that is too focused on people is less respected by its peers. We want Chita to be a chimpanzee as much as possible.

“Outside of visiting hours at the zoo, he has to manage 15 hours [a day] in his group. We want to give him the chance to be as happy as possible.”

According to a zoo spokesperson, the other chimpanzees excluded him if he had contact with humans.

The spokesperson said: “When Chita is constantly busy with visitors, the other monkeys ignore him and don’t consider him part of the group, even though that is important. He then sits on his own outside of visiting hours.”

Speaking to Radio 2 Antwerp, Sarah Lafaut, curator at the Antwerp Zoo, explained: “Of course we are happy when our visitors feel so involved with the animals, but animal welfare comes first here.

“Chita was brought to the zoo 30 years ago because he was a pet at the time and became unmanageable. He learned chimpanzee behavior with us, but the interest in humans has remained.”

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Breaking: Ezenwa out of Mexico friendly as Super Eagles jet out

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Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been ruled out of a friendly against Mexico due to an ankle injury he suffered in training.

NFF technical director, Austin Eguavoen, who will lead out a squad of NPFL stars for the friendly on July 3 in Los Angeles, USA, announced the withdrawal of the Heartland goalkeeper.

“A scan showed he tore a ligament in his ankle, so he’s out,”Eguavoen said.

“Two goalkeepers, Nwabili and John Noble, will be the ones for the trip,” Eguavoen said.

Twenty two players on Wednesday night left the shore of Nigeria for the trip to the USA.

It was gathered that Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr was also on the flight though it will be Austin Eguavoen assisted by Paul Aigbogun that will be in charge when the two sides confront each others on Saturday in Los Angeles.


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Immigration to tighten security around borders

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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to improve surveillance and control around the nation’s borders, and “ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.’’

President Buhari, in his speech at the virtual Commissioning Ceremony of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Technology Building, also instructed all security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, with a mandate that the country’s Global Security Index must be improved.

“It is imperative that our ranking in the Global Security Index improves and I am using this medium to call on all security agencies to step up their activities towards achieving this goal. I assure you that the administration will give the much needed support to you in your operations,’’ he said.

The President urged the NIS to collaborate with International Security Organizations like INTERPOL in safeguarding the borders.

“As a security agency, I charge you to be relentless in carrying out your statutory duties of keeping our borders safe while you ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.

“I urge you to actively collaborate with International Security Organizations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders. Remember that a safe border is a prerequisite for a safe Nation.

“You must develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as it relates to migration management; adopt and implement workable strategies from them while also sharing your best practices.

“Frontline workers and operators should remember that they are our windows to the world. They must show the best face of Nigeria at all times,’’ the President added.

The President commended the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for consistently pushing for the completion of the Technology Building, which will serve as the Command and Control Center of the NIS, as well as the repository of personal data of Nigerians and expatriates resident in Nigeria.

“This is in line with the vision of our administration to formulate and implement policies that will protect and enhance the lives and standards of living for Nigerians.

“This administration is relentless in its avowed desire to create an enabling business environment that will usher in economic boom for Nigerians and all those who do business with and in Nigeria,’’ he said.

President Buhari also congratulated all officers and men of the NIS for their dedication and work towards changing into a World Class Migration Management Agency.

In his remarks, the Minister of Interior assured that the security challenges facing the country were temporal and surmountable, pointing out that the “weakest link’’ had been the land borders and the Technology Building will play a pivotal role in control of illegal migration.

Aregbesola noted that the Visa-on-Arrival policy of the Federal Government gets proper documentation of all entrants and sharing with international security structures to ensure tight surveillance and compliance, while announcing a review period of stay from 90 days to 30 days.

He said 50 percent of all immigration personnel will now work at the borders of the country.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede said the Technology Building remains the best project the service had ever initiated and completed since it was established in 1958.

He said the deployment of technology from the Control Room will optimize intelligence, ensure that no passport lost, stolen or re-issued can be presented in any part of the world, and enhance synchronization and virtual sharing of information with other security outfits, both local and international.

The Minister and Immigration boss thanked President Buhari for approving the project in 2018 and following up with the completion of all phases of the Technology Building.


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