Hushpuppi: 31 Northern Lawyers volunteer free legal services to defend Abba Kyari against FBI

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari

A group of thirty-one lawyers from Northern Nigeria have volunteered to render free legal services to suspended super cop, Abba Kyari, who has been indicted in the Hushpuppi fraud case.

A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in the US alleged that Abba Kyari collected about N8 million from Hushpuppi to help effect the arrest and detention of his rival, Chibuzo Kelly Vincent, following a disagreement from a fraud deal they embarked upon.

In a statement released on Wednesday, August 11, the spokesperson of the lawyers, Sunusi Bappah Salisu, said all the volunteer lawyers were drawn across all the 19 northern states and religions.

Abba Alhaji Kyari (born 17 March 1975) is a Nigerian police officer who is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Nigeria) currently on suspension.

Salisu said the lawyers volunteered to render free legal services for the preservation of Kyari’s fundamental rights that might be potentially jeopardized by his alleged indictment by a court in the United States of America. He mentioned that the group would critically review the procedures adopted by the FBI to get the US Court to indict Kyari on allegations of involvement in charges filed against a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.

We would raise questions involving the possibility of the occasioning of breaches to Kyari’s fundamental rights entrenched in Articles 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, which essentially state that every individual shall have the right to liberty and to the security of his person and every individual shall have the right to have his cause heard. This comprises: The right to an appeal to competent national organs against acts of violating his fundamental rights as recognised and guaranteed by conventions, laws, regulations and customs in force. Salisu said

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