On Thursday, the Federal High Court in Abuja denied an application to prevent the Federal Government from extraditing Abba Kyari, the suspended Head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, to the United States.
On August 9, the Incorporated Trustees of Northern Peace Foundation, chaired by Dr. Olukayode Ajulo, submitted the application through a team of attorneys.
It asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order against the Nigerian Police Force and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, pending the hearing and ultimate judgment of the main matter.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, after attentively listening to the counsel, refused to grant the plea to stay Abba Kyari’s detention and extradition to the United States.
He instructed the attorney to convert the ex-parte motion to a move on notice and serve it on the police and the AGF.
The judge ordered the applicant to serve all court documents in the case on the two respondents, and the issue was delayed until September 9.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, dismissed Kyari in July following his indictment by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a $1.1 million scam involving accused fraudster Abbas Ramon alias Hushpuppi and four others.
A warrant of arrest for Kyari was issued by the US District Court for the Central District of California, and the FBI was directed to begin the process of extraditing him to the United States.