A lawyer hooked up to the Inspector Normal of Police Intelligence Response Workforce (IGP-IRT), Nosa Uhumwangho, has defined how the embattled ‘Tremendous Cop’, Abba Kyari, made him pay the proceed from a lodge owned by an alleged kidnap kingpin into his account.
Uhumwangho said this whereas showing earlier than the Nigerian Bar Affiliation Authorized Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) on Wednesday.
The lawyer mentioned Kyari informed him to pay the sum of N3, 075, 300, which was generated from De-English lodge, Enugu and one other property at 21, Edinburgh Road, owned by late Collins Ezenwa often known as E-Cash, an alleged kidnapper, into his (Uhumwangho’s) financial institution.
Kyari, who was suspended from the Nigerian Police Power, is below investigation after an indictment by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over his relationship with a preferred fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
He has denied the allegations of corruption leveled towards him.
However in a 131 paragraph affidavit on 30 June 2021, and submitted to the NBA’s LPDC, obtained by Sahara Reporters, Uhumwangho mentioned Kyari had licensed him to pay the cash into his Zenith Financial institution private account for “causes finest recognized to them”.
The lawyer additionally said within the affidavit that Kyari’s group had beforehand instructed Tochukwu Okeke, a infamous cult member to gather rents from properties owned by late Ezenwa on his behalf.
Okeke is at the moment being detained on the 82 Division of the Nigerian military over his alleged sponsorship of members of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra within the southeast.
Okeke, who refused to seem earlier than the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) panel investigating the actions of SARS, had claimed that he paid $2 million ransom to late Ezenwa’s gang after he was kidnapped in 2016.
Uhumwangho was dragged to the NBA disciplinary committee by a lawyer and human rights activist, Justice Ijeoma, for “conduct unbecoming of a authorized practitioner”.
In his petition to the NBA-LDPC, Ijeoma alleged that Uhumagho, appearing in cahoots with different cops hooked up to the Inspector Normal of Police –Intelligence Response Workforce (IGP-IRT), criminally transformed the properties of his consumer.
Uhumagho, below cross-examination by Ijeoma’s lead counsel, Max Ogar, admitted paying the cash into his private account primarily based on the directive of his boss, Abba Kyari.
In a letter dated 28 January 2019 obtained by Sahara Reporters, Abba Kyari wrote, “ The Nationwide Human Rights Fee of Nigeria (Presidential Panel on SARS Reforms) which sat in Abuja on twenty fifth January, 2019, directed the Authorized Officer of IGP-IRT to get better cash in possession of any particular person controlling the aforesaid properties and make them render account.
“In view of the above-stated truth, you’re hereby directed/ordered to get better any cash therefrom and take possession and ensure it’s correctly saved and protected in your custody, as a result of if paid into the Police account, it is going to be troublesome to get better it and tender it earlier than the court docket because the matter remains to be pending on the Honourable Federal Excessive Courtroom, Owerri Judicial Division. The court docket might make demand for it within the nearest future.
“Thanks to your patriotic zeal in serving the Nigeria Police Power and your motherland to the most effective of your potential and functionality. Settle for the reassurance of my excessive esteem regard.”
Nonetheless, sources from the NHRC panel, which sat between 14th and twenty sixth January 2019, denied authorizing Kyari to gather any cash on late Ezenwa’s property and pay into a personal account.
In 2018, Amnesty Worldwide and Nationwide Human Rights Fee accused Kyari of illegally depleting property of Collins Ezenwa who was illegally executed by SARS in Owerri, Imo State.
Collins Ezenwa’s spouse informed the NHRC panel that Kyari and his group withdrew cash from her late husband’s checking account, seized his automobiles for his or her personal use and pocketed thousands and thousands in lodging proceeds from his lodges and properties.
The Nigerian Human Rights Fee mentioned in an October 2018 petition to the then Inspector-Normal, Ibrahim Idris, that the IRT, led by Abba Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, had depleted the asset of Collins Ezenwa, a suspected kidnapper who was gunned down in January 2018.
Kyari had mentioned Ezenwa was a infamous kidnapper who had dedicated untold atrocities earlier than he was killed.
The police in Imo State accused Ezenwa, a former police corporal, of main a syndicate of lethal abductors. He was killed throughout an change of gunfire alongside the Enugu-Owerri Expressway.
Kyari and his group members have been mentioned to have taken over Ezenwa’s properties price billions of naira.
A lodge linked to Ezenwa in Enugu was estimated at N220,000,000. He additionally had two duplexes and eight blocks of flats price a mixed N180 million, in keeping with the NHRC petition.
The sufferer, who was a police corporal earlier than he resigned, additionally had a fleet of unique autos. Different properties of Ezenwa have additionally been recognized in Imo and Abia states, estimating his price in billions.
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