Following allegations from of alleged bribery against a Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, it has been reported that Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the Nigeria-based lawyers of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has stated that the Nigeria Police Force should make the trial of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, open.
Earlier reports revealed that the Police Service Commission had suspended Abba Kyari, after Ramon Abbas fondly called Hushpuppi accused him of being complicit in fraud.
According to the Nigeria police service commission on Saturday, “Kyari’s suspension would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.”
In reaction to this, Olajengbesi, has commended the Nigerian police for launching a probe, and also demanded that journalists should be allowed to cover Kyari’s trial.
Stating this in a statement, Olajengbesi said,
“Indeed, it is rather uncommon in our experience as a people to find such spine and resolve in our hero-worship climate where a few persons are revered above the law and due process.
He stated that, “DCP Abba Kyari who had hitherto assumed a rather amused and dismissive approach to the serious allegations against his person and office, must take good advantage to clear his name by making himself available for the investigations to allow the Nigeria Police Force to run a fine comb through the allegations brought forward against his person before the SIP led by Deputy Inspector-General Joseph Egbunike.”
He added that, “The Special Investigation Panel must undertake the task before them with a sense of duty and loyalty only to the truth. It must rid itself of bias considerations for, favourable or unfavourable disposition to DCP Kyari while equally availing him ample opportunity to make a representation of his defence against the allegations against him.”
He made it known that, “The very image of the Nigeria Police Force, particularly its ethos and claims to be corruption-free is being examined by the watchful public at national and international levels. IGP Usman Alkali Bala thus have an uphill task to dutifully acquit itself in this matter and in doing so, help save the reputation of the Nigeria Police Force.”
He emphasized that, “It is therefore a demand in the interest of justice that the conduct of the investigations be transparent and open, with full press access. The Nigeria Police Force should know that Nigerians are struggling to trust the process and in view of this the Press must be allowed unfettered access to its proceedings for record and posterity sake, too.”