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Kyari defends self before police panel.

Abba Kyari PHOTO: by Collins Enahoro.

The suspended deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, on Tuesday, appeared before the special investigation panel headed by the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike.

The panel sat at the Force headquarters in Abuja and ended the session at 8.p.m.

According to a source, the panel began sitting on Monday.

The IGP Alkali Baba set up the panel following Kyari’s alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by suspected wire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as ‘Hushpuppi’, and five others.

The FBI had claimed that Kyari detained one Kelly Chibuzor at the behest of Hushpuppi for one month to enable the latter and his co-conspirators fleece their Qatari victim of over $1.1m.

The agency also said Hushpuppi paid $20,600 to two bank accounts allegedly provided by the former IRT commander in January 20, 2020.

Details of Kyari’s defence before the panel are not known to the public.

Meanwhile, Kyari’s replacement as head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Tunji Disu, resumed office on Tuesday.