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Why Nigeria delayed approval for Kyari’s extradition to US – Malami



The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday, explained why the Federal Government took its time before approving the extradition of the embattled Head of Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, to the United States.

The AGF had on Tuesday filed an application at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the extradition of the super cop who is currently in the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) hook for drug-related offences.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US had last year indicted Kyari for an alleged link with the suspected international fraudster, Ramon Abass aka Hushpuppi, and requested the Nigerian government to extradite him to America to face charges.

Malami, who made the clarification in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, described extradition as a cumbersome and multifaceted process.

The statement read: “As you are aware extradition is a process that involves multifaceted components.

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“The components are usually multi-territorial: international, local and judicial.

“Submission of request from the concerned party to the relevant authorities constitutes one of such components.

”The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice received the extradition request in respect of the officer in question.

“After thorough studies and reviews of issues regarding the application and components thereof, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice processed the application and forwarded the same to the relevant authorities for further necessary action.”

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