NON-SERVICE OF PROCESSES STALLS ABBA KIYARI’S EXTRADITION SUIT

Hearing in the extradition to the United States proceedings against the suspended DCP Abba Kyari, was stalled owing to the non-service of the application by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Kiyari’s Counsel, Nureni Jimoh, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo, that he was yet to be served with the AGF’s processes.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Pius Akutah, counsel to the government said, the case was slated for a preliminary hearing.

Akutah, who admitted non-service of the processes, said it was as a result of the time taken by a sister case of alleged drug trafficking filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against Kyari and six others before Hon. Justice Emeka Nwite.

Counsel to the Federal Government, who said he had within 14 days to effect the service under the law and, however, promised to serve Kyari’s counsel the application by Thursday.

Ruling, Hon Justice Ekwo said, having listened to the Prosecution’s reasons for the delay in service, the Court was inclined to give the Prosecution extra days to put their house in order.

Hon. Justice Ekwo ruled that upon service of the processes, the respondent had 14 days, within which to respond and gave seven more days for the parties to put their house in order.

The matter was adjourned to April 27, 2022 for hearing.

The Federal Government had filed the suit seeking Kyari’s extradition to the United States over his link with Instagram celebrity Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.