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A Nigerian court has refused to extradite an indicted US police chief

Commissioner Abba Kyari denied what the US indictment described as a complex plot to extort more than $1 million from a Qatari businessman orchestrated by a Nigerian con man known as “Hushpuppy”.

Keary has denied any wrongdoing.

He is awaiting trial after being arrested by a local narcotics agency in February on separate charges of alleged criminal conspiracy, official corruption and tampering with evidence.

On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Inyang Ekwo said Kyari could not be extradited because of the trial in Nigeria and extradition to the US would violate the country’s extradition law.

“Therefore, it (consent request) is without merit, it has no merit, it must be dismissed and I issue an order dismissing the suit,” Ekwo said in a ruling.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami could not be reached for comment.

Keary was one of six people indicted last year in connection with the fraud scheme, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.[[[[https://bit.ly/3iYE8DD]

Nigeria has long struggled with the problem of financial frauds, which are often perpetrated through email.

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