On Sunday, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, or AYCF, issued a warning that “nothing must happen to DCP Abba Kyari.”
The AYCF issued the warning while chastising a US court for ordering the arrest of Abba Kyari, the Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Yerima Shettima, the AYCF’s National President, also slammed “the attempted intimidation of a police officer directly within his autonomous fatherland.”
Kyari was linked to international fraudster Abass Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hushpuppi is accused of bribing Kyari to put an errant gang member in jail as part of a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.
In a media release he signed, Shettima rejected the purported plan to arrest DCP Kyari, describing the move by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, as “totally unacceptable, a slap on the sensibility of our compatriots and a ridicule on one of our finest crack detectives.”
The group said it would keep a tap on the happenings in the matter, stressing that there was no justification for “singling out one of Nigeria’s most effective and efficient police officers for castigation”.
He urged “all Nigerians who are truly patriotic to stand behind a man who has made an unrivalled mark on the sands of time by diligently serving his fatherland.”
Shettima called on relevant stakeholders in the country, especially civil society organizations to “rally round this officer who risked his life in multiple operations across Nigeria, a fact proved many times through BBC news coverage of such operations.
“While we are conscious of our sovereignty as a nation, we demand justice for a man with unrivalled records of detective capabilities in the recent history of Nigeria,” the AYCF stressed.
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