Kyari accused of N41M extortion: It is a blackmail — Lawyer

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A man, Mr Afeez Mojeed, has alleged that Commander, Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Squad (IRT) ,DCP Abba Kyari , defrauded him of  N41million six years ago while he was serving as the Officer in charge of the Lagos State Police Command Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

Mojeed  had alleged that he was arrested six years ago by Kyari  and was  forced   to part with the said money by SARS operatives under the watch of Kyari.
But in a swift reaction, Kyari has denied the allegation, saying that it was a cheap blackmail by Mojeed who he described as a suspected fraudster who is still under investigation.
Kyari who responded through a lawyer, Mr Hamza Nuhu ,on the blackmail attempt,said :
Afeez Mojeed still have a pending case in the Court as he was  charged for fraud . He allegedly defrauded the sum  N94million from a victim. He was  arrested  six years ago and 41m was recovered from the proceeds of the crime which he voluntarily paid back  the victim(Owner of the money) directly through the victim’s bank  account.
“During investigation, Mojeed confessed on video and in writing  that he bought a Honda Accord  car 2008 model and N7 million land from the N94 million he  allegedly defrauded . He also confessed that  that he squandered N31million on hotels and girlfriends. He submitted the car and land documents which was registered as exhibit before he  was charged to court and after some years he was discharged, but  not acquitted by the court because the complainant was not coming to court as most Nigerians do.
“The land document and the car that were registered as exhibit are still kept with the exhibit keeper in Lagos State Police Command. Mojeed will be  re-arrested and charge  to court again as he was not acquitted by the court. The good news is that   the complainant has assured the police that he is now in Nigeria ready to be attending the court process untill his case is concluded this time around as  he has vowed not to leave his balance of N3I  to Mojeed.
“We are surprised that Mojeed  is mentioning Abba Kyari’s name as if he gave him money for his personal use.  He did not give Kyari a dime and it is on record that the respected officer has  never collected money from any of his suspects despite the thousands of cases he has handled while as officer incharge of SARS or as IRT Commander.
“Kyari wouldn’t have been who he is today if he is a cheap corrupt officer like the accused is painting him . He has no evidence of giving  Kyari a dime . It was a lie told to blackmail Kyari .  Also , Mojeed  needs to be reminded that giving false information is still an offence in Nigeria constitution and the informant can  be charged to Court.
” I sincerely appeal to  Lawyers to be mindful of those who they assist in writing false petitions which they always leak to the media .If it is true that Kyari  ate his N41million what was  he doing throughout the six years and why did he not  go to anti graft agencies or the  Court for justice.  Anyway ,some Human Right Lawyers have declared on their own to sue Mojeed   for defamation of character of Kyari  on Friday. This will stand as a deterrent to other people who  are being used by perceived enemies and  unscrupulous people  defame  people’s characters . It is not easy to build a name”.

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