The Federal Government of Nigeria has charged Abba Kyari, the Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, for allegedly disguising the ownership of some of the landed properties in Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, disclosed this in the fresh 24-count charges filed against Kyari dated August 30, 2022, The Star, reported.
In August 2021, Usman Alkali Baba, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, recommended the immediate suspension of Kyari, who was the head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force over his alleged involvement in a multimillion naira fraud.
Kyari was indicted by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over an alleged involvement in how a Qatari businessperson was duped over $1.1 million by Ramonu Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi who is currently being held in the US.
However, in the fresh charge against him, the Nigerian Government said it had discovered 14 landed properties, including shopping malls, residential estate, polo playgrounds, lands, and farmland that the former IRT commander failed to disclose.
The government also discovered over N207 million and €17,598 in his bank accounts
Kyari is being charged alongside his brothers Mohammed and Ali at the Federal High Court, Abuja, with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/22.
Similarly, the Government has filed separate 24-count charges against Sunday Ubua, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who worked closely with Kyari.
An affidavit in support of the charge deposed to by a litigation officer with the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Stephen Kashawa, explained that Kyari, who is facing trial for dealing in cocaine, was subjected to general and financial investigation when the police transferred him to the NDLEA headquarters on February 14, 2022, for investigation.
He added that the financial investigation, which extended to his properties, led to the filing of charges for non-disclosure and conversion of large sums of money.
Kyari is accused of knowingly failing to make full disclosure of his asset at plot no 1927 Blue Fountain Estate, Karsana, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The prosecutor also alleged that he did not declare his ownership of an estate at Linda Chaulker Road, Asokoro Extension; plot no. 5 titled BO/4546; plot no. 9 titled BO/1037; plot no. 10 titled CER/4319 and plot no 33 titled BO/4319, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Similarly, the AGF said the officer failed to reveal his ownership of a shopping mall titled NE/1229 and a polo playground with a plot no. 270, both located in Maiduguri and did not make full disclosure of his ownership of farmland along Abuja-Kaduna road and a plaza under construction in Guzape, Abuja.
Count 11 read: “That you, DCP Abba Kyari, male, adult and you Mohammed Kyari, male, adult, on or about February 14, 2022, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court to disguise the true ownership of the property situate at plot no. 33, Bama Road, GRA Extension, Maiduguri, Borno State, covered by certificate no. BO/4319 issued by Borno State Government by deposing to a false affidavit at the Federal High Court in suit no. FHC/NG/Cs/9/2022 and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, (as amended).”
The charges further revealed that the DCP knowingly converted N28.4 million in his GTB account number 0121075250; N65.2m in his GTB account number 0138360064; N95 million in UBA account number 1002250112 and N16.9 million in Sterling Bank account number 0072451994.
He was accused of failing to declare in the NDLEA assets declaration form the sum of Є17,598 in two GTB accounts, being proceeds of unlawful activities; N2.9 million in UBA; N366, 258.77 and N88.000 in Sterling Bank.
In the charges against Ubua with number FHC/ABJ/407/22, the government revealed that he did not disclose a N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited, including several million stashed in different bank accounts.
The defendant was said to have converted N118.6 million using First bank account 3018154763 and $30,516.36 using Polaris Bank account 2630046721.
The ACP was accused of converting, between January and March 2022, the sum of N40.8 million in his Polaris Bank account number 1060047951, being proceeds of unlawful activities.
The government said Ubua acquired a block of lock-up shops at Utako bus terminal, Abuja for N16.8 million and also converted N33 million and N227.5 million using First bank account number 2005502596. The defendant was further accused of converting N40.8 million and another N33.7 million.
Count one read: “That You, Sunday Ubua, male, adult, on or about the 14th day of February, 2022, at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency headquarters, Port Harcourt Crescent, off Gombiya Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your assets in the NDLEA assets declaration firm by not disclosing your N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”