How Abba Kyari’s Police team Extorted Suspected IPOB Members of N1 Million Each
NaijaNews Nigeria August 13, 2021
NaijaNews reports that Under the supervision of Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police at the time, the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team extorted at least N1 million apiece from seven suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),
The seven suspects were among more than 50 people apprehended in raids across the Southeast.
The IPOB suspects were raided by the Kyari-led team between March and June 2021, hauled away to Abuja, and held at the notoriously known as “Abattoir” former Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in Abuja.
Those who couldn’t pay the bribes were kept in cages, including four married ladies, it was discovered.
Mrs. Maria Ezedialu, a nursing mother arrested in a hospital in Onitsha (Anambra State) where she was receiving postpartum care in March 2021 and transferred to IRT, Abuja; Mrs Ngozi Umeadi, a nursing mother arrested in a hospital in Onitsha (Anambra State) where she was receiving postpartum care; Mrs Ngozi Dave, arrested in Lagos State; and Mrs Ifeyinwa Ebole, arrested with her husband
The IRT under Kyari, who has been suspended pending an investigation into a relationship between him and serial online fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, orchestrated large arrests of South-East citizens posing as IPOB members with three top police officers.
The officers are identified as CP Abutu Yaro, in charge of the Imo State command; DCP Kolo Yusuf of the Special Tactical Squad and Tactical Intelligence Unit, and one DIG Tijani Baba of the Directorate of Force Intelligence Bureau.
“The South-East residents were all raided and arrested by the Kyari’s team as IPOB suspects and detained without access to families or lawyers until some of them were taken to an Area Court in Abuja and granted bail,” Emeka Umeagbalasi, leader of the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, a civil rights organization based in Anambra State, told SaharaReporters.
“Nine remanded survivors are Citizens Anthony Mba, Vincent Kalu, Iloejebechukwu Ikeji, Ezike Chukwuebuka Victor, Bede Obizue, Uchenna Ugwu, Okeke Boniface, Enemuo Vitus, and Okechukwu Oguguo.
“At abduction, their mobile phones were seized leading to electronic disappearance of the victims’ bank deposits and tracking down of their friends, business associates, in-laws, and relatives, numbering dozens who were abducted,” he added.
“Intersociety was also reliably informed that seven of the 24 survivors in that section of the IRT later left after each of them was forced to part with N1 million or N1.1 million, remaining 17 of them who could not afford the sum.”
The Intersociety in a report released on Tuesday and obtained by SaharaReporters added that there are at least 80 uninvestigated and untried South-East Residents that have been taken away by the police since March 2021.
“The recent custodial killing of detained Igbo citizens was disclosed to Intersociety by an activist and legal practitioner who is very conversant with the matter and has been following same. There are hundreds of others arrested mainly in Imo State under the direct supervision of CP Abutu Yaro and handed over to DCP Abba Kyari’s team for ‘further interrogation and investigation in Abuja’. Some may have been killed.
“Information about the women and others was received a few days ago after 15 of the remaining survivors in that section were arraigned at an Abuja Area Court on August 2 and remanded at Keffi in Nasarawa State,” the report partly reads.