Deputy Commissioner of Police and serving Nigerian Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team Leader, Abba Kyari has been accused of extorting over N41m from one Mr. Afeez Mojeed who claimed to be a Lagos-based businessman
Kyari, who is also a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police was the head of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos State before his transfer and subsequent promotion.
Mojeed claimed this extortion took place in 2014 when Kyari heading SARS in Lagos.
Response from Barr Hamza Nuhu on the blackmail attempt on DCP Abba Kyari by yet to be convicted fraudster Afeez Mojeed who was earlier charged to court is yet to be concluded.
One of such attempts is the concocted stories and false allegations against one of Nigeria’s very best and most decorated police officers of all time DCP Abba Kyari, former OC SARS Lagos State being promoted by Mojeed as contained in a petition he wrote to the newly formed Judicial Panel of Inquiry And Restitution For Victims of SARS set up by the Lagos State Government.
In his petition against DCP Abba Kyari, Mojeed had alleged among other accusations that Kyari had forced him to sign off on the withdrawal of N41m from him, took away his SUV car and other personal effects while he was detained for 15 days.
It is curious that Mojeed who claimed that he was eventually set free by the court did not in anywhere in the petition state the crime he was arrested for.
A quick investigation by this medium revealed that the accused fraudster, Afeez Mojeed defrauded his victim of a sum of N94m. He was arrested six years ago and N41m was recovered from the proceeds of the crime which he voluntarily paid the victim (Owner of the money) back directly through the victim’s account and also he confessed on video and in written format that he bought Honda Accord 2008 Model and N7m landed property from the N94m he defrauded and that he has squandered the remaining N31m on hotel bills and girlfriends.
Furthermore, he submitted the car and land documents which were registered as exhibit before he was charged to court and after some years he was discharged not acquitted from court because the complainant was not coming to court as most Nigerians do.
The land document and car that were registered as exhibit are still kept with the exhibit keeper in Lagos State.
According to our source, the suspect will be re-arrested and charged to court again as he was not acquitted by the court of law also the complainant has assured the Police that he is in Nigeria now and he is ready to be attending the court process until his case is concluded this time around because he said he will not leave his balance of N31m to the said fraudster.
Mr. Mojeed was arrested in 2014 on accusation of defrauding a Nigerian businessman based abroad of almost N100m. When he was arrested by the then SARS, he was said to have paid some part of the money directly to the account of his victim even before he was charged to court and that is the money he is now claiming Kyari forcefully took from him.
Further investigation into these allegations revealed that the SUV car Mojeed accused Kyari to have personally taken from him was seized and had been at the Police exhibit garage at Ikeja Lagos till date.
Anybody who had followed Abba Kyari impeccable and unsullied record of integrity and incorrigible track record will readily tell you that Abba Kyari’s tenure as the OC SARS Lagos Police Command was one of the brightest era of crime fighting in the history of policing in Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
Kyari’s outstanding performance during this period earned him over three Governor Commendation Awards, several consecutive Inspector General of Police Commendation Awards, Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria CRAN Star Awards for Gallantry and Impeccable Service among countless awards by Civil Society and media Organisations.
Consequently, any attempt to tarnish the image of this Nigerian Super Cop who in some quarters has gained a heroic stature for his service to his fatherland will be an exercise in futility. Nigerians should also be alert and be on the lookout for more of these spurious and unsubstantiated allegations by vengeful criminals and other shady characters who will want to take advantage of current developments to take their pound of flesh from police officers who had brought them to face the consequences of their criminal actions and deeds.