A extremely adorned police officer in Nigeria has been arrested following accusations he belongs to a world medication cartel, police say.
Abba Kyari, already suspended for allegedly helping self-avowed fraudster Hushpuppi to launder his money in the US, is now accused in a cocaine plot.
Officers say Mr Kyari requested a colleague to assist him siphon off a part of a cocaine haul.
They are saying he was caught on digital camera handing over $61,400 (£45,400) in money.
He has not but commented on the allegations.
Mr Kyari’s arrest got here hours after Nigeria’s Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) declared him a needed man, accusing him of being “a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline”.
He was arrested on Monday together with 4 different officers – Sunday Ubuah, Bawa James, Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu – following a “high-level discreet” investigation, a police assertion stated. It added that one different officer – John Umoru – remained “at giant”.
As a part of its investigations, Nigerian police additionally stated numerous anti-drugs officers on the worldwide airport of the south-eastern metropolis of Enugu have been discovered to be “on the payroll” of the identical cartel Mr Kyari is accused of working for.
One-time ‘tremendous cop’
Mr Kyari, 46, as soon as had a popularity of being a “tremendous cop” who investigated massive felony instances.
He obtained a presidential medal of braveness from Mr Buhari in 2016 after his workforce rescued three kidnapped schoolgirls in Lagos.
He was additionally honoured by the Lagos state authorities, profitable the highest award for gallantry three years in a row between 2011 and 2013, and he was identified for fraternising with politicians and celebrities.
However he was suspended from the pressure in August final yr after the US instituted indictment proceedings towards him, following allegations that he facilitated funds to Nigerian police personnel from Instagram celeb Hushpuppi – whose actual identify is Ramon Abbas.
Hushpuppi – who had 2.4 million followers on Instagram – pleaded responsible to cash laundering within the US after being extradited from Dubai final yr.
The alleged plot
The NDLEA accused Mr Kyari of propositioning the unnamed police officer final month, by allegedly claiming that he and his workforce had intercepted and arrested traffickers coming into Nigeria from Ethiopia with 25kg of cocaine.
The drug enforcement company stated it then gave the “inexperienced gentle” to its officer to play alongside, and alleged that Mr Kyari plotted to steal 15kg of the cocaine haul situated in Enugu and depart behind a “dummy” weighing the identical quantity.
In the identical assertion revealed on Monday, the company additionally accused Mr Kyari of getting requested the undercover NDLEA officer “to influence males of the FCT [Federal Capital Territory] Command to play alongside as properly”.
The NDLEA alleges Mr Kyari was subsequently filmed handing over $61,400 – the promised proceeds from the sale of 5kg of cocaine – to the undercover officer whose automotive had been rigged with video and sound recorders.